The Benchmarking Initiative, a Component of the Green and Resilient Retrofit Program (GRRP)
On August 16, 2022, the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) was signed into Law. Fundings were provided to streamline the reporting of benchmarking and to create a complimentary benchmarking service for eligible properties.
There is funding available for HUD’s benchmarking initiative that will provide Energy and Water benchmarking servicing to HUD-assisted properties to measure usage and efficiency of those properties. Owners do not have to receive a grant or loan under GRRP to participate in HUD’s Benchmarking Initiative. Eligible owners include owners receiving HUD rental assistance under Multifamily Section 8 project-based rental assistance, Section 202 Supportive Housing for Low-Income Elderly, and Section 811 Supportive Housing for Low-Income Persons with Disabilities.
Stakeholders can find the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, published on Congress.gov, here.
What's New! (12/6/2023): The Green and Resilient Retrofit Program’s Benchmarking Initiative launched in the final quarter of 2023! All eligible properties are encouraged to participate in this free and valuable opportunity.
Property owners and management agents who are interested in participating should email their interest and the property ID(s) for the properties they would like benchmarked to: email@example.com and should look for official email communications regarding benchmarking services HUD’s benchmarking contractor Leidos. See HUD's Press Release for more details.
All Comprehensive and Leading Edge participants will be required to perform energy and water benchmarking in EPA's portfolio Manager to understand utility consumption before and after retrofits. Comprehensive cohort applicants can benchmark as part of their application submission. Owners may find the resources below useful, though they are not required to use them. Additional benchmarking resources are linked below from EPA's Portfolio Manager resource library.
- Sample Tenant Release
- Template contractor RFP: verification only
- Template contractor RFP: benchmarking + verification