LeadingAge Asks HUD to Withdraw Mandatory Energy Benchmarking Proposal

Regulation | April 13, 2017 | by Colleen Bloom

LeadingAge has signed-on to a coalition letter asking HUD to withdraw the proposed reporting requirements for energy/utility benchmarking for 100% of units in all HUD-insured and HUD-assisted multifamily properties. This withdrawal request is in alignment with LeadingAge’s recent conversations with members about which regulations might best be recommended for repeal, replacement or modification.

According to the original HUD proposal, reporting would be through EPA’s Portfolio Manager System and would apply to properties with more than 20 units and would require at least 12 months of utility data. While LeadingAge has no objection to the stated goals of creating energy efficient, water-efficient, and healthy housing as part of a broader effort to foster the development of inclusive, sustainable, and resilient communities, it was the nearly impossible requirement to collect 100% of utility data (especially where there are tenant-paid utilities) and the significant time and effort (and cost, as many speculated the need to contract out for help) to be compliant that drove our decision to sign on. As well as the support of members for continuing to include such action in the list of potential regulations needing reform.