The Green Building Council will help 20 sites in the San Fernando Valley reduce their energy and water consumption – Daily News

The U.S. Green Building Council-Los Angeles announced Wednesday, March 2, a program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy and water consumption in low-income multifamily properties, particularly in the east of the San Fernando Valley.

With the support of a Department of Water and Power grant program, the Green Affordable Housing Program will provide tenant education, project and reimbursement support for property owners and managers, installation of heat pump and water heating technology, community electric vehicle charging, indoor air and water quality monitoring and net zero technology pilot projects.

The program also receives support from the TECH Clean California Quick Start Grant and the state CalEPA Environmental Justice programs.

“From an equity perspective, it is critically important that we address the decarbonization and health of the occupants of our multi-family housing in low-income communities, or we will only exacerbate the inequalities exacerbated by the impacts of climate change,” the USGBC-LA executive director said. said Ben Stapleton.

“This program targets head-on our biggest challenge in decarbonizing our buildings in Los Angeles, which are those apartment buildings built in the 60s, 70s and 80s, representing the majority of our residential energy consumption and having desperately needs upgrading, and the support to make it happen,” he added.

The program will prioritize communities in San Fernando Valley City Council Districts 2, 6, and 7. The area was selected for having suffered disproportionate impacts from climate change, including heat and poor air quality, as well as high industrial activity and emissions from busy streets and highways.

A total of 20 buildings, split between two cohorts, will participate in the program with the first cohort this year and the second cohort in 2023. USGBC-LA said it expects to reach at least 1,500 residents.

The main objectives of the program are:

— educating tenants in English and Spanish about building efficiency and occupant health to help them reduce energy and water costs;

— facilitating building renovations, including enrollment in LADWP programs and discounts;

— support the modernization of 20 buildings in the eastern San Fernando Valley, including the installation of community charging stations for electric vehicles;

— install a free or heavily subsidized heat pump to heat rooms and water to reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions; and

— install indoor air quality and water analysis monitors.

“Part of our role at USGBC-LA is to help property managers and individuals through the process of greening their buildings and the spaces they occupy,” Stapleton said. “We want to make sure they’re not wasting their valuable time or resources, and education is a key part of that, not just an understanding of the terms involved, but knowing who and what information to trust. We are here as a resource and partner to meet these challenges.

Building owners can apply for the program at https://bit.ly/3sApyrW.