Energy Rated Homes

Affordable Housing Utility Allowance Reports

If you build energy efficient affordable housing, or improve the efficiency of existing properties - Reap the economic benefit of reducing utility costs to tenants.

Standard Public Housing Authority (PHA) utility allowances artificially decrease rents because they overestimate utility costs for efficient projects. Typically, PHA utility allowances are based on 30 year old existing housing stock that is not energy efficient. Most affordable housing developments built within the past few years are much more energy efficient than the existing PHA housing stock. Acquisition rehab projects are also usually much more energy efficient. ERH West documents the lower utility costs in a project using the method outlined in HUD regulations and recognized for affordable housing nationwide.

Our more accurate utility allowance reports provide the market signals and the incentive needed to build more efficient and sustainable housing.