Value Added: How LEED, Zero Energy Ready Homes, and ENERGY STAR can earn multifamily projects Federal Inflation Reduction Act incentives

27 Sep 2023
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Value Added: How LEED, Zero Energy Ready Homes, and ENERGY STAR can earn multifamily projects Federal Inflation Reduction Act incentives

Value Added: How LEED, Zero Energy Ready Homes, and ENERGY STAR can earn multifamily projects Federal Inflation Reduction Act incentives

27 Sep 2023
About the speakers
  • Elizabeth Beardsley
    Elizabeth Beardsley
    Senior Policy Council at U.S. Green Building Council
    "Elizabeth (Liz) Beardsley brings more than 25 years of professional experience working on environmental and climate issues both as an engineer and lawyer. In her current role, Liz serves as Senior Policy Counsel at the U.S. Green Building Council, a global environmental nonprofit best known for LEED, the world’s most widely used green building rating program. She provides strategic green building law and policy guidance and direction across the international, federal, state and local spectrum, and her work focuses on connecting building policy to climate mitigation. Liz is a sought-after expert and spokesperson for USGBC who has been interviewed by dozens of media outlets such as the LA Times, Yale Climate Connection, BBC News: Business Matters, The Aaron Harber Show, ENR, Building Green, and Commercial Property Executive. She’s also an accomplished writer whose work has been published in Governing Magazine, Green Operations, USGBC+, and others. Since joining USGBC in 2014, Liz has represented the organization at multiple United Nations COP climate change conferences. Liz currently serves on the Board of the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council (VAEEC), and previously served on the Board of the National Association of State Energy Offices (NASEO). She regularly presents at conferences. Liz appeared as a witness at hearings of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Energy; and the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Public Buildings and Emergency Management. She has authored or co-authored policy papers such as State and Local Policy Proposal: Property Tax Incentive for GHG Reductions (2019), Perspectives on State Legislation Concerning Lead Testing in School Drinking Water (2018) and Perspectives on Implementation and Effectiveness of School Green Cleaning Laws (2015). Liz came to USGBC from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), where she was a Senior Attorney involved in evaluating government environment and energy programs. Prior to her legal career, she was an environmental engineer and Principal at Camp Dresser and McKee (now CDM Smith), where she focused on water issues and infrastructure planning. Liz has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law."
  • Rebecca Hudson
    Rebecca Hudson
    ENERGY STAR Multifamily New Construction Manager at US EPA
    Rebecca Hudson is the technical manager for the ENERGY STAR Multifamily New Construction program. She has been supporting the ENERGY STAR Single-Family New Homes and Multifamily New Construction programs for over ten years. With over 2 million homes and apartments certified, ENERGY STAR is the nation’s largest voluntary residential market transformation program, delivering cost-effective energy-efficient homes while improving their durability, comfort, and quality.
  • Jaime Van Mourik
    Jaime Van Mourik
    ORISE Science, Policy & Technology Fellow at U.S. Department of Energy Building Technologies Office
    Jaime Van Mourik is a ORISE Science, Technology, and Policy Fellow supporting the Residential Buildings Integration program working toward a zero carbon emissions future for all homes. Jaime is passionate about educating people of all ages about the impacts of the built environment on their lives. She believes that providing knowledge and opportunities for action will result in true transformation. Prior to coming to DOE she served as the vice-president for education solutions at the U.S. Green Building Council where she led a team to create and deploy education solutions for every learner, whether that be a young child, a student pursuing a post-secondary degree or a professional looking to advance in their career path. She has extensive experience leading colleges and universities looking to “go green,” guiding them through the planning and implementation process and advising on how LEED can help shape sustainability initiatives in teaching, research and practice.

Key takeaways

- Discuss the relationship between LEED v4.1 Residential, ENERGY STAR Multifamily New Construction, and ZERH programs

- Define the key requirements and steps for a multifamily project to obtain Zero Energy Ready Homes or ENERGY STAR Multifamily New Construction certification and the applicable versions for the incentive

- Explain the Federal 45L tax credit and other incentives applicable to MF residential projects

- Identify categories and credits in LEED Residential that add value and expand outcomes beyond ENERGY STAR Multifamily New Construction and Zero Energy Ready Homes