Rising water costs hit owners of affordable housing particularly hard. While owners of market-rate apartments can pass on higher rates to tenants, owners of affordable homes typically operate under strict rent caps.
These rising operational costs, driven in part by increases in water rates, could lead owners to defer maintenance to keep up with utility bills, or worse, lead to properties being financially unstable. In worst-case scenarios they could force buildings into foreclosures and residents out of their homes.
“Sustainable by Design” shows a path to overcoming these challenges. It recommends that multifamily housing providers, government agencies and philanthropic organizations invest in comprehensive water efficiency strategies. The result will be properties that are more financially stable and an increase in the supply of well-designed, affordable homes across the country.
Continuing Education Units (CEUS) 1 hour in
Green Building Certificate Institute (GBCI)
Building Performance Institute (BPI) NonWholeHouse
American Institute of Architects - AIA (HSW)
Certified Green Professional (NARI & CGP)
Certified GreenHome Professional (CGHP)
State Architect / Builder License may be applicable
1) Understand the context of rising water costs in the Chicago region and the impact on affordable housing providers and the welfare of residents
2) Learn about the pilot program conducted as part of the Enterprise Sustainability Exchange in Chicago and how it could be replicated in affordable multifamily housing
3) Identify key lessons learned for housing providers and environmental service organizations and recommended next steps to improve the health of existing multifamily affordable housing stock.
4) Identify key takeaways for funders and policymakers
Instructors: Caroline Wagner, Angela Hurlock, Jasmine Gunn, Jessica Miller, and Juan Sebastian Arias
Jessica Miller is the Senior Manager, Consulting Services on the New Markets team at Elevate Energy, a nonprofit organization dedicated designing and implementing efficiency programs that lower costs, protect the environment, and ensure the benefits of energy efficiency reach those who need them most.
Juan Sebastian Arias is a program officer with Enterprise Community Partners’ Chicago and Detroit markets. He is responsible for the implementation of capacity building and sustainability initiatives in the local community development industries. In this role, he also leads Enterprise’s Section 4 grant-making efforts across the Chicago and Detroit regions.