Affordable Housing Utility Allowance Reports
If you build energy efficient affordable housing,
or improve the efficiency of existing properties -
Reap the economic benefit of reducing utility costs
Standard Public Housing Authority (PHA) utility
allowances artificially decrease rents because they
overestimate utility costs for efficient projects.
Typically, PHA utility allowances are based on 30
year old existing housing stock that is not energy
efficient. Most affordable housing developments
built within the past few years are much more energy
efficient than the existing PHA housing stock.
Acquisition rehab projects are also usually much
more energy efficient. ERH West documents the lower
utility costs in a project using the method outlined
in HUD regulations and recognized for affordable
Our more accurate utility allowance reports
provide the market signals and the incentive needed
to build more efficient and sustainable housing.