2020 Green Communities Criteria
Enterprise Green Communities has released a preview of their 2020 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria. The full release of the 2020 Criteria will be available on the Enterprise Community Partners website on Wednesday, January 22. A webinar to learn more about the 2020 Criteria will be held on Wednesday, January 22 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. CT. You can register for the webinar here.
Request for Comments 
In preparation for the adoption of the 2020 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria, Minnesota Housing is asking for comments on the 2020 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria to help guide the creation of our 2021 Minnesota Overlay to the 2020 Green Communities Criteria. Please provide comments on the 2020 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria by Monday, February 17, 2020. Responses may be emailed to Katherine Teiken, Clean Energy Program Specialist or Mike Thomas, Staff Architect. Comments may include support for specific criteria, requests to change or remove criteria through the Minnesota Overlay document, or any other general thoughts on energy efficiency, renewable energy, or climate resiliency efforts at Minnesota Housing.
Request for Volunteers
Minnesota Housing is looking for volunteers to serve on a Technical Advisory Group (TAG) with the primary purpose to help us review comments and discuss ideas to further advance innovation involving energy and climate change. We anticipate hosting approximately two meetings in late winter and early spring of 2020. Please let Katherine or Mike know by February 17, 2020 if you would like your name added to the pool of volunteers for us to select from to serve on the TAG. 
Minnesota Housing Process and Timeline
Minnesota Housing will not be adopting the 2020 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria until April 2021 ahead of the 2021 RFP. Minnesota Housing will release the 2020 Minnesota Overlay to the 2015 Green Communities Criteria no later than April 2020. 
 Our tentative timeline is:
  • January 22, 2020: Enterprise releases the 2020 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria and hosts an orientation webinar. 
  • February 17, 2020: Comments due to Minnesota Housing on the 2020 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria.
  • April, 2020: Minnesota Housing releases the 2020 Minnesota Overlay to the 2015 Green Communities Criteria. 
  • April, 2021: Minnesota Housing releases the 2021 Minnesota Overlay to the 2020 Green Communities Criteria.
Sustainability Points in the 2021 QAP
Minnesota Housing would also like to announce new sustainability points that are included in the 2021 Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP). The text in the 2021 Housing Tax Credit Self-Scoring Worksheet reads as follows:
C. Minnesota Overlay to the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria (1 to 2 points): 
As indicated in the Multifamily Intended Methods Worksheet, all multifamily projects must include all applicable “Mandatory” Criteria and meet the baseline minimum number of Optional Criteria points for the most current version of the Minnesota Overlay to the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria. More information on the Minnesota Overlay to the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria can be found on the Building Standards webpage of the Minnesota Housing website. 
  1. For projects that include at least three times the minimum number of Optional Criteria points, in addition to the Required Mandatory Criteria, as outlined above and as indicated in the Multifamily Intended Methods Worksheet (2 points)

  2. For projects that include at least two times the minimum number of Optional Criteria points, in addition to the Required Mandatory Criteria, as outlined above and as indicated in the Multifamily Intended Methods Worksheet (1 point)
Questions about these points may be directed to Katherine Teiken, Clean Energy Program Specialist or Mike Thomas, Staff Architect.
Archived Building Standards eNews
If you would like to access our archived Building Standards eNews, visit the Building Standards webpage on Minnesota Housing's website.
Questions?
If you have questions about this eNews or other rental housing building standards topics, contact Katherine Teiken, Clean Energy Program Specialist at 651.296.7610 or Mike Thomas, Staff Architect at 651.297.5135.

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