Housing Virginia, in partnership with the Virginia Tech Center for Housing Research, and VHDA, will be collected and analyzing energy consumption data from a series of LIHTC projects and around the state that incorporated Earthcraft construction methods and materials. It will be the largest study of this type undertaken anywhere in the U.S.

The study will survey residents of nearly 800 units and 400 newly constructed units in Chesapeake, Richmond, Orange, Wytheville, Lynchburg, Virginia Beach, Hampton, Arlington, Abdington, King George, Petersburg, Christiansburg, and Scottsville.

The purpose of this study is to verify the effectiveness of the “green” incentives that are part of Virginia’s QAP in terms of reduced energy consumption and positive impact on resident budgets. The study will also include a survey of residents and an assessment of tenant education and training opportunities. Data collection will begin this summer, and we hope to have the full report ready for the NHC Policy Conference in November 2014.

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