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Innovation: Housing types and affordability

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Homes-v2008 ND v4 NPD Credit: Innovation 1 point

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Intent

To promote socially equitable and engaging communities by enabling residents from a wide range of economic levels, household sizes, and age groups to live in a community.

Requirements

This innovation strategy is based on the Neighborhood Development Credit: Housing Types and Affordability.
Must be a residential project and use credit’s Option 2.
1 point available for innovation credit.

Single family homes may earn 1 point if the property is priced for households earning 100% or less than the area median income (AMI). Rental units must be maintained at affordable levels for a minimum of 15 years.

Option 2. Affordable Housing (1 point)

Include a proportion of new rental and/or for-sale dwelling units priced for households earning less than the area median income (AMI). Rental units must be maintained at affordable levels for a minimum of 15 years. Existing dwelling units are exempt from requirement calculations. Meet any combination of thresholds in Table 3, up to a maximum of 3 points.

Table 3. Points for affordable housing

Rental dwelling units For-sale dwelling units
Priced up to 60% AMI Priced up to 80% AMI Priced up to 100% AMI Priced up to 120% AMI
Percentage of total rental units Points Percentage of total rental units Points Percentage of total for-sale units Points Percentage of total for-sale units Points
5 1 10 1 5 1 8 1
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USGBC logo

© Copyright U.S. Green Building Council, Inc. All rights reserved.

Intent

To promote socially equitable and engaging communities by enabling residents from a wide range of economic levels, household sizes, and age groups to live in a community.

Requirements

This innovation strategy is based on the Neighborhood Development Credit: Housing Types and Affordability.
Must be a residential project and use credit’s Option 2.
1 point available for innovation credit.

Single family homes may earn 1 point if the property is priced for households earning 100% or less than the area median income (AMI). Rental units must be maintained at affordable levels for a minimum of 15 years.

Option 2. Affordable Housing (1 point)

Include a proportion of new rental and/or for-sale dwelling units priced for households earning less than the area median income (AMI). Rental units must be maintained at affordable levels for a minimum of 15 years. Existing dwelling units are exempt from requirement calculations. Meet any combination of thresholds in Table 3, up to a maximum of 3 points.

Table 3. Points for affordable housing

Rental dwelling units For-sale dwelling units
Priced up to 60% AMI Priced up to 80% AMI Priced up to 100% AMI Priced up to 120% AMI
Percentage of total rental units Points Percentage of total rental units Points Percentage of total for-sale units Points Percentage of total for-sale units Points
5 1 10 1 5 1 8 1
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