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Multi-Family = Efficiency + Funding + Green

April 5, 1:45 to 2:45 pm

Silver Spring Civic Building, Spring Room, & Online

Approved for 1.0 general GBCI CE & 1.0 AIA LU



Chet Knaup, President, Spectrum Energy LLC

Kara Strong, Project Director, Sustainable Design Consulting

Paul Nazelrod, Vice President of Construction, Washington Property Company




Are you struggling to develop Multi-Family projects in budget that encompass Efficiency, Sustainability and Resiliency?  If so, you should sit in on our session to unlock the keys to success!

Energy efficiency is a cornerstone of resiliency and sustainability. Washington Properties Company, with the assistance of Spectrum Energy, LLC and Sustainable Design Consultants have successfully integrated various funding sources into a company-wide initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce energy consumption and embed a sustainability culture throughout the company.  The panel will discuss how the funding obtain enabled them to increase sustainable certification goals for multiple projects.  WPC’s energy/sustainability staff and partners will discuss how project specific programs are used for to lower the cost of implementation for energy efficiency measures.  Speakers will also explore the top technologies that qualify for utility incentives to both maximize savings and cash incentives.

One center piece project for discussion is Ripley II (Solaire – Silver Spring II), a 420-unit Multi-Family development (419,000 SF) in the heart of Silver Spring, MD.  This project was initially intended to obtain LEED Silver Certification, however, with the added funding available, they were able to increase the certification level to Gold.  Over half of the 10 additional points regarding to move from Silver to Gold were attributed to Variable Refrigerant Flow technology.  VRF technology not only help to improve the building sustainability, it also translates into lower utility costs for tenants.

Learning Objectives


  1. Understand utility funding programs available for multi-family project

  2. Learn about energy efficiency technologies and their appliction within multi-family buildings

  3. Understand strategies to identify opportunities and implement efficiency in multifamily buildings

  4. Learn strategies to evaluate energy savings vs measure costs


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