Single Family RFP Updates:
New Green Communities Requirements and Key Dates

Green Communities Update
Minnesota Housing has adopted the new 2015 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria (2015 EGCC), as amended through our 2016 MN Overlay. This new version is now in effect for all future awards. See a full summary of changes in the 2016 MN Overlay.
Key changes to our Green Communities Requirements (“sustainability requirements”) for 2016 include:
  • Multifamily and Single Family funded project requirements have been divided into separate chapters in the MN Overlay. Chapter 6 includes Multifamily requirements and Chapter 7 includes Single Family requirements. Other chapters are applicable to both.
  • New Minnesota Housing Intended Methods Worksheets - for Multifamily funded projects and Single Family funded projects - have been created and will be required to document compliance with the sustainability requirements. The 2011 Green Communities Compliance Workbook (Intended Methods) will no longer be accepted for projects applying for funding as of April 2016.
  • Projects voluntarily seeking EGCC Certification must follow all submittal requirements on the Enterprise website and will not use the Intended Methods Worksheet. For projects not voluntarily seeking EGCC Certification, waivers for deviations from the MN Overlay/EGCC must be submitted to Minnesota Housing on the new Waiver Request form.
Notable changes in the 2015 EGCC include:
  • An emphasis on resident health and well being
  • An emphasis on resilient communities
  • Fewer location and neighborhood fabric requirements for rehabilitation projects
  • Requirement for an Emergency Management Manual
ENERGY STAR for Homes Update
Courtesy of Ed Von Thoma of Building Knowledge
The latest update to ENERGY STAR for Homes, Version 3.1 (ES v3.1) becomes effective for buildings permitted in Minnesota on or after April 1, 2016. ES v3.1 includes the following changes, among others, to the core energy efficiency measures used to determine the ENERGY STAR HERS Index target for each home: 
  • Insulation level per the 2012 IECC criteria, which includes R-5 continuous insulation on the 2x6 wood frame exterior walls
  • Window U-value minimum of 0.27
  • Minimum heating efficiencies of 95% AFUE for gas furnaces and 90% AFUE for gas boilers and 90% of light bulbs or fixtures ENERGY STAR certified.
Minnesota Housing Note to ES v3.1
Minnesota Housing will require all applicable projects applying for funding after April 1, 2016 to comply with ENERGY STAR for Homes 3.1 version. Projects approved for funding before this date may request a waiver from Minnesota Housing to use the 3.0 version, with the understanding that the use of this version may not result in ENERGY STAR Certification.
ENERGY STAR Qualified Window, Door, and Skylight Performance Levels
There are new prescriptive path performance levels effective as of January 1, 2016 for windows, doors, and skylights in all climate zones. Please go to the ENERGY STAR Residential Window, Doors, and Skylights web page for more information. Keep in mind that window, door, and skylight efficiency levels may be less than the prescriptive performance level if the energy model demonstrates overall energy compliance.
2016 Single Family RFP Key Dates
  • Monday, April 18: RFP materials published on our website
  • Tuesday, May 10 from 9:30–11:00: Single Family RFP Technical Assistance Webinar
  • Tuesday, June 14 at noon: Single Family RFP applications due
Revised Deferred Loan Closing Instructions and Transmittal Form
The Deferred Loan Closing Instructions and Transmittal Form has been revised. The deadline to submit Impact Fund Deferred Loan packages to Minnesota Housing has been decreased from 180 days of closing to 120 days.
Refer to the Impact Fund webpage for the most recent version of this and other Impact Fund documents.
Share Your Story!
Planning a groundbreaking or grand opening for a project we helped finance? Have a great story to share about a completed project? We'd love to hear from you! Contact Amy Larson with details.
Contact the Impact Fund team:
Green Communities questions may also be referred to Staff Architect Mike Thomas at 651.297.5135.
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