Volume 49, Number 4
15 th Annual Awards of Excellence
Products & Service Showcase
Thursday, November 5th, 2009
Honoring Excellence in the Multi-housing Industry
Airport Hilton – Kenner, Louisiana
Special Guest NAA Region 9 Representative Susan Truesdale.
2009 Awards of Excellence honoring those in the metropolitan area who have
been chosen for their outstanding contribution to the multi-family industry.
The 2010 Officers and Directors will be sworn in.
2009 CAM Candidates will receive their certificates.
Products & Service Showcase Awards of Excellence Banquet
5:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. - Cost: Free 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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In this Issue:
NAA in New Orleans . . . . . . . . . . . 2 HHCP Workshop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Green Building Laws . . . . . . . . . . 12
August Luncheon . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Green Building Standards . . . . . . . . 8 Card Check On Hold . . . . . . . . . 13
Members Directory. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Economic Stimulus Measure . . . . . . . 9 Homebuyer Tax Credit . . . . . . . . 14
Calendar of Events. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Livable Communities Act . . . . . . . . . 11 2009 International Fire Code . . . . 15
NAA Does Site Visit for
Apartment 2010 Conference
Association AAGNO would like to thank Henry &
Conference Pat Shane and Stacey Shane-Schott for
hosting the reception for the NAA Board of
Directors at Cars of Yesteryears Museum.
AAGNO would like to thank everyone who
attended the August luncheon.
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Calendar of Events
Thur., October 22 Tues., December 8
Fair Housing Holiday Luncheon & Toy Collection
Morning Class - 9:00 - 11:00 Afternoon Chateau Golf & Country Club
Class - 12:30 - 2:30 Cost: $27.00 per person
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Pool Safety Green Building
Law Scheduled Standards
To Go Into Effect The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has
announced that it will introduce “the next major
Firms are reminded that new pool and spa evolution” of its voluntary LEED (Leadership in
anti-entrapment devices are required by Energy and Environmental Design) rating system
December 19, 2008. Pools that are closed for for commercial buildings. The 2009 version
the season must meet the requirements prior to incorporates “regional credits,” which are extra
reopening. NAA/NMHC sent a letter to points that have been identified as priorities
the Consumer Product Safety Commission within a project’s given environmental zone.
(CPSC) requesting an extension for owners According to the USGBC, this expanded version
that are unable to comply because of a scarcity of LEED “delivers against key environmental
of product and labor, and we recently met with and human health impacts, and puts in place
CPSC officials. Until further notice, all owners a transparent framework for weighting credits
should strive to meet the deadline, accordingly, based on the best available science.”
but those who cannot meet the deadline should More information is available at www.usgbc.org.
keep detailed records and documentation of
their compliance efforts in the event they are Work is also complete on the forthcoming
challenged. More information is available at National Green Building Standard (NGBS), the
www.naahq.org/governmentaffairs/Pages/ first consensus-based standard for residential
default.aspx. green building that, thanks to NAA/NMHC, also
covers apartment properties. The final document,
which was supposed to be released early this fall,
is awaiting approval by the American National
Standards Institute (ANSI) and is expected to be
published next spring. The new standard will
offer apartment executives uniform guidance
on green building practices and will provide
an alternative to non-standardized green
ID YOU KNOW
rating systems such as LEED. The April 11
AIMS Building Codes Update examines
the NGBS to explain how it differs from
A $15 water heater other green building guidelines and
insulating jacket can how apartment firms can use it to their
reduce energy used
E CONOM IC STI M U LUS
M U L T I FA M I LY P ROV I S ION S
Responding to the President’s call for “swift interest to apartment firms, including several
and bold” action, Congressional Democrats tax provisions related to net operating loss,
have put the massive $800-$900 billion stimulus bonus depreciation, cancellation of
package on a fast track for enactment. The House indebtedness and enhancements to the Low-
passed its version of the measure, the American Income Housing Tax Credit. It also authorizes
Recovery and Reinvestment Act Bill of 2009 energy-efficiency tax incentives and increased
(H.R. 1) last Wednesday on a straight party line funding for the Section 8 program and lead-
vote. As Washington Update went to press, based paint abatement.
the full Senate was debating its version and
A summary of the apartment-related elements
was expected to make changes to the package.
of the two bills is available at www.naahq.org/
Assuming Senate passage, lawmakers will
governmentaffairs/Pages/default.aspx and will be
still have to resolve the significant differences
updated to reflect final action on the Senate floor
between the two versions.
this week. President Obama has asked Congress
While the package is mainly focused on non- to complete action on the package by February 16.
real estate issues, there are several provisions of
The National Conference
of All Conferences
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The Apartment Association of Greater New Orleans is proud to
be the host city for the National Apartment Association 2010
Education Conference. Don’t miss the opportunity to attend
the largest education conference in your backyard!
June 24, 2010 thru June 26, 2010
Morial Convention Center and Riverside Hilton Hotel
Opening Party at: Blain Kern Mardi Gras World
featuring: Rockin Dopsie
Opening Session Speaker: George W. Bush
300+ vendor Trade Show
The education sessions are top notch geared
toward every aspect of management
A AGNO will be sending letters out to each Owner/Management
Company for volunteers and working with NA A for all
the details. Companies will be notified at a later date for
volunteers and incentive details.
Visit NA A website at
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Livable Communities Act
Senator Christopher Dodd, Chairman of the Communities, consisting of the HUD Secretary,
Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs the Secretary of Transportation and the
Committee, has introduced the Livable Administrator of the Environmental
Communities Act of 2009 (S. 1619). Protection Agency.
The bill would create a grant program NAA/NMHC will continue to educate policy-
for communities to plan for housing and makers that apartments are the most sustainable
transportation projects, including public form of housing and a key
transportation, transit-oriented development, ingredient in
redeveloping brownfield sites, and affordable smart
housing. Communities could then receive growth.
challenge grants to implement their plans.
It would also create an Office of Sustainable
Housing and Communities within the
Department of Housing and Urban
Development (HUD). And as mentioned
in the August 5 AIMS Update, it would
establish the Interagency Council on Sustainable
Implementation of Mandatory
Green Building Laws Problematic
Implementation of mandatory green building Developers also note that the new law’s high
requirements is proving to be problematic at costs and complexity undermine the city’s smart
the state and local levels, underscoring NAA/ growth policies by incentivizing development
NMHC’s ongoing concerns with mandatory in surrounding communities that do not have
programs. green building requirements and instead offer
incentives for sustainable building.
The latest example comes from Baltimore
City, where as of July 1, all new and renovated NAA/NMHC have previously raised these issues
commercial and multifamily buildings over at the federal level as Congress considers various
10,000 square feet are required to meet the city’s green building and energy code mandates. We
green building standards under a two-year-old have voiced support for voluntary, incentive-
law. However, the city’s green standards remain based green building initiatives and stressed
incomplete and no guidance has been produced the importance of using national consensus
to help developers comply with the new law. codes and standards, such as the National
As a result, Baltimore’s development community Green Building Standard, to establish minimum
is calling on the City Council to reconsider efficiency or sustainability benchmarks.
In addition, NAA/NMHC have
Until final standards and guidance are emphasized the need to marry green
provided, developers must follow building policies with land-use
the U.S. Green Building and smart growth efforts
Council’s LEED criteria promoting density,
(although LEED mixed-use
certification and infill
is not projects.
“Card Check” Reid’s
Choice Act (S. On Hold spokesperson
560, H.R. 1409)
has been put
on hold in the
in Senate the senator
Senate for now, according to a spokesman for of the bill and it is still a top priority. Even without
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). the crowded schedule, however, it is unlikely that
the bill would come to the Senate floor because
Instead, the Senate is focusing on the three
Democrats lack the 60 votes needed to overcome
legislative priorities—healthcare, climate
a Republican filibuster. All 40 Republicans and at
change and financial regulatory reform—
least two moderate Democrats oppose the measure.
that will likely consume the remainder of the
legislative calendar for the year. The Senate In addition, reports that closed-door negotiations
also has yet to act on 10 of the 12 must-pass led by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) have forced out
annual appropriations bills and an extension the bill’s card check provision have raised further
of estate tax law. uncertainty about the bill in its present form.
HUD and Treasury Convene Industry
Meetings on Multifamily Finance
NAA/NMHC were among the limited number of properties, especially those serving moderate-
industry stakeholders invited to attend a special and low-income households, amidst equity
meeting convened last week by HUD and the losses and rental income volatility.
Treasury Department to explore the issue of
NAA/NMHC will continue to work with
defaults and potential disinvestment risks in the
policymakers to ensure they understand the
full consequences of any proposed actions and
The meeting was designed to help federal officials to oppose earlier efforts by Congress to create a
better understand conditions in the apartment program that would force properties considered
sector where property owners have seen declines to be “at risk” for
of up to 30 percent in property values and are disinvestment into
facing growing uncertainty about the ability of the foreclosure so they
financial markets to help recapitalize properties. can be converted to
Federal officials indicated that they are
exploring what role the government should
have related to distressed assets and ensuring
financially stable and well-maintained
Homebuyer Tax Credit
Congress is being pressured by the National because 1.7 million of the 2 million who have
Association of Home Builders and the National taken the credit would have bought a house
Association of Realtors to extend and even expand without the tax break.
the existing $8,000 homebuyer tax credit. Without
At this time, an expansion of the credit seems
action, the credit will sunset on November 30.
unlikely given the high price tag (the current
A pending measure (S. 1230) would extend the credit is expected to cost $15 billion) in an age
program through the end of 2010, almost double of exploding budget deficits. Lawmakers may,
the credit to $15,000 and make it available to all however, elect to extend the credit without
buyers; the current credit is available only to first- modifying it--perhaps through the end of
time buyers who earn less than $75,000 ($150,000 2009 and possibly into 2010. There is also
for couples). discussion of a legislative fix to allow buyers who
have a sales agreement in place by November
NAA/NMHC are educating lawmakers that
30 to take the credit instead of requiring the
an expanded credit is an ineffective and costly
purchase to have closed by then as well as a
stimulus measure. Economists have estimated
variety of provisions that will make the credit
that the current tax credit has cost taxpayers
more usable by military members.
more than $40,000 for each additional home sold
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The 2009 International Fire Code
and the Apartment Industry
Apartment operators and developers should Apartment firms are strongly
be aware of organizational changes in the 2009 encouraged to familiarize
edition of the International Fire Code (IFC) that themselves with Chapter 46 and
have brought increased attention to fire safety determine whether the 2009 IFC has
requirements for existing buildings by code been adopted in jurisdictions where they operate.
Localities have the option of adopting the
Specifically, the 2009 IFC consolidates all model building codes as written or making
provisions related to existing construction in a modifications to them in the adoption process.
new chapter: Chapter 46 Construction In addition, some localities have their own codes
Requirements for Existing Buildings. Previously, not based on the model codes or elect not to
they were spread throughout the body of the code. “upgrade” to new codes when they are issued.
Although none of these provisions are new, As a result, firms are encouraged to monitor
this organizational change has made many local code adoption to ensure that if the 2009 IFC
local code and fire officials more aware of is adopted, that it is not modified in a way that
these requirements and may result in makes it more onerous. By reviewing the new
increased enforcement. chapter, members may also identify some code
provisions that they would like to attempt to
modify to make the codes less onerous.
NAA/NMHC have prepared a white paper that
summarizes several items identified as areas of
concern by local apartment association affiliates.
It includes requirements related to:
• Smoke Alarms • Stairs
• Sprinklers • Handrails
• Fire Alarm Systems • Ramps
• Emergency Lighting • Self Closing Doors
• Exit Signs • Common Path,
• Guards (Banisters & Dead-end & Travel
Railings) Distance Limits
• Openings in Guards
More information on the 2009 IFC is available
at http://bit.ly/G1Hut. NAA/NMHC’s
White Paper is available at www.naahq.org/
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