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Financing Energy Efficiency: Untapped Opportunities For Commercial Building Owners

Posted by Kristin Rueber on 3/14/18 1:39 PM

Research shows that buildings whose mortgages include underwriting for energy efficiency see increased net operating income, reduced energy consumption, or increased energy savings. (IMT.org)

Last fall, EMG participated in providing data to Emily McLaughlin, Senior Associate with Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) for a property condition assessment case study.

As you read through the analysis you will find that IMT’s examination found some fairly significant market gaps and barriers. IMT incorporates discussion about tried and tested multifamily financing (i.e. Fannie Mae Green Rewards) as a means to demonstrate how this type of financing could work more effectively in the commercial sector.

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Topics: Multifamily Green Financing, Freddie Mac GreenUp, Fannie Mae Green Financing, Green Financing Questions, Freddie Mac Multifamily Green Advantage program, Fannie Mae Multifamily Green Financing, Green Assessments, ASHRAE, Fannie Mae Green Rewards program

EMG is approved to perform Green Assessments

Posted by Kristin Rueber on 3/12/18 3:11 PM

EMG means Green

Energy efficiency and preferential loan pricing are two compelling reasons to consider Green Financing for your current or future transactions. EMG is qualified and ready to be your “go-to” green resource!

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Topics: Multifamily Green Financing, Freddie Mac GreenUp Plus, Fannie Mae Green Financing, Greenwashing, Green Financing Questions, Green Financing, Fannie Mae HPB Consultant, Freddie Mac Multifamily loans, High Performance Building Consultant

The Top Multifamily Green Financing Questions Asked by Borrowers and Lenders (and Answered by EMG) – Part II of II

Posted by Debra Andrews on 7/10/17 8:07 AM

In Part I of EMG’s blog series on multi-family green financing, Kaustubh Chabukswar, addressed questions about why green financing is red hot, greenwashing, and more. In part II, we look at differences between the various green financing programs; dig deeper into Form 4099.H; and discuss what could throw a green financing transaction off-course.

Question: How has Form 4099.H improved the process?

Kaustubh: The new Fannie Mae Form 4099.H enables lenders to do their own reviews. It includes a plumbing calculator that will standardize water / sewer savings and reduce the number of errors. The new guidance related to Form 4099.H also includes updated scoring requirements. When consultants achieve a score of 1 at least 5 times, they can pre-qualify for fast-tracking of report reviews.

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Topics: Fannie Mae Green Financing, Freddie Mac GreenUp, Freddie Mac GreenUp Plus, Green Financing, Green Financing Questions, Greenwashing, Multifamily Green Financing

The Top Multifamily Green Financing Questions Asked by Borrowers and Lenders (and Answered by EMG) – Part I of II

Posted by Debra Andrews on 6/28/17 5:08 PM

Last year, Fannie Mae made $3.6 billion in green loans to multifamily property owners. That growth is nothing short of remarkable, considering its pilot program was tested in 2012 starting with $55 million. EMG was the only consulting firm asked to participate in the pilot, and we have grown right along with the green financing movement. With green reaching a fever pitch in 2017, I sat down to talk with Kaustubh Chabukswar, EMG’s multifamily green financing and energy expert. I wanted to better understand what’s happening in the market and if the shift towards profitable sustainability is here to stay.

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Topics: Green Financing, Green Financing Questions, Greenwashing, Fannie Mae Green Financing, Freddie Mac GreenUp, Freddie Mac GreenUp Plus, High Performance Building Consultant, Form 4099.H, Multifamily Green Financing

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