At JL Architects, we pride ourselves on our holistic role as architects and stewards. We believe that a holistic approach should consider the environmental impact of our designs and your built project while also remaining aware of your financial investment/reward ratio. As your architect, it is our goal to guide you in the choices you have in creating a more sustainable building. To achieve this goal, we engage in continuing education programs and have successfully led and completed certified LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program as AP’s (Accredited Professionals) and Green Globes, as well as adding Barbara Clarke to our team as our Director of Sustainability.
Over the course of the last few years there have been many programs to promote new technologies and greater efficiencies. They include grants from utility companies, local, state and federal tax credits for alternate energy cars (plug-in hybrid and electric), solar photo voltaic arrays, solar hot water, and wind turbines. After learning that April of 2016 was the 12th consecutive hottest month globally on record, (https://weather.com/news/climate/news/record-warmest-april-earth-2016) we are excited to spread the news about a new program to support the expansion of the green movement by Fannie Mae. The quasi-government agency has put together its “Green Financing Loans” program. One option in that program is “Green Rewards”. Green Rewards provides additional loan proceeds and preferential pricing to multifamily property owners making smart property investments. Green Rewards, which can be used with any Fannie Mae loan, offers a lower interest rate and up to an additional 5% in loan proceeds. Why not use Green Rewards to make energy and water efficiency improvements, or install renewable energy generating systems?
Barbara Clarke, AIA, GGP, LEED AP, can help you work through the best way to achieve a certification through the LEED or Green Globes programs. We can show you how to lower your investment, qualify for a lower interest rate and a higher loan-to-value ratio which reduces your personal cash outlay AND monthly payment. All the while reducing your energy consumption and contributing to the fight against climate change. Your wallet wins, our shared environment wins, and your customers win knowing they are living in a home that will have lower energy costs & a friendly environmental footprint.
Learn more here:
https://www.fanniemae.com/multifamily/green-initiative-financing – the gateway to Fannie Mae’s green financing.
http://www.dsireusa.org/ – incentives offered by utilities, state and federal governments by state.
https://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/taxevb.shtml – federal tax credits for all-electric and plug in hybrid vehicles
Interested? Give us a call!
-John Lister, AIA, LEED AP