Boulder Housing Partners (BHP) is pleased to announce that it has achieved SmartRegs compliance for each of its 968 affordable units and 139 market rate units.
Per the City of Boulder press release:
The city's SmartRegs ordinance requires that all rental housing units in Boulder meet a basic energy efficiency standard by Dec. 31, 2018. SmartRegs is one part of an integrated strategy to reduce Boulder's climate impacts and improve the vibrancy and resilience of the community.
Since 1966, BHP has served as the City of Boulder’s housing authority, a quasi-governmental entity with its own governing board that supports the city in meeting its affordable housing goals. BHP focuses on providing high-quality affordable rental units in the city.
"We seek to provide the highest quality of affordable homes to people in Boulder, and aligning our work with the city has helped us to do that," said Tim Beal, director of sustainable communities for BHP. "The energy savings to our residents due to SmartRegs and other energy efficiency initiatives means they have more money to spend on basic needs and to contribute to the local economy."
Since the implementation of SmartRegs in 2011, the city has offered subsidized services such as rebates and advising to all affordable housing agencies and market rate properties in the city to assist them in bringing their rental properties into SmartRegs compliance.
"SmartRegs was developed to advance community energy goals while also enhancing property value and tenant livability. BHP's leadership in achieving these goals while serving our community's housing needs is greatly appreciated. The city looks forward to continuing to support others in following their great example," said David Driskell, executive director of community planning and sustainability for the city.
Of the approximately 20,000 licensed rental units in Boulder, roughly half have gone through the SmartRegs process, and more than 7,000 are compliant, including 1,650 affordable units. SmartRegs is now fully integrated into the city's rental licensing program. All new and renewal rental licenses that are not SmartRegs compliant will receive reduced-term rental licenses that expire on Dec. 31, 2018.
Most of BHP's units were compliant upon inspection or met similar building and energy standards set by new construction and energy codes. Approximately 200 units required efficiency upgrades to meet SmartRegs requirements, and due to previous energy initiatives undertaken by BHP, most upgrades were simple and low cost, such as efficient lighting and sink aerators that save water and energy.
"We rely on equitable access to sustainable practices, resources and materials. BHP walks the talk and takes these things seriously," said Anthony Gallucci, a single father of two and resident of a BHP unit.
For more information about sustainability efforts at BHP, click here or contact Tim Beal at 720-564-4651.
For more information about the SmartRegs ordinance, visit www.bouldercolorado.gov/plan-develop/smartregs or contact Emily Turner at 303-441-4038.
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