Underwriting Standards for Low-Carbon Housing


Jun 27th, 2024
9:30 am to 11:00 am


Building Energy Exchange

As multifamily building design and construction norms evolve, how should lenders underwrite new, high-performance buildings?

Join Building Energy Exchange and Bright Power for a presentation and moderated panel discussion on the Future Housing Initiative: Underwriting Standards for Low-Carbon Housing project, an initiative focused on utilizing measured energy data from high-performance buildings to inform underwriting and financing practices.

Our panel of experts from the project team will dive into topics such as the process of developing performance-based utility cost benchmarks, how lenders can change business-as-usual underwriting practices, and the importance of using real data to inform project financing.

This event will highlight the release of the Low-Carbon Underwriting Guidebook, which captures key insights from the project and is a practical resource for practitioners seeking to navigate the complexities of financing high-performance, low-carbon housing. The Guidebook contains a Low-Carbon Underwriting Toolkit that helps lenders evaluate and update their underwriting practices to better reflect the shift in the multifamily residential sector towards high-performance, low-carbon buildings.

Katie Schwamb, Director, Educational Resources, Building Energy Exchange

• Jon Braman, Executive Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Bright Power
• Jennifer Leone, Assistant Commissioner, Chief Sustainability Officer, NYC Department of Housing & Preservation (HPD)
• Danielle Donnelly, Assistant Vice President, Director of Sustainability Programs, Community Preservation Corporation (CPC)
• Sunitha Sarveswaran, Sustainability Program Manager, NYS Housing & Community Renewal (HCR)



  • Residential
  • Multi-Family
  • Codes & Policy
  • Financing
  • Webcast

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