2021 Quick Start Grant Recipients

US Green Building Council – LA


US Green Building Council – LA (USGBC-LA) will install HPWHs and ASHPs in 10 affordable housing units in Eastern San Fernando Valley, CA and add heat pumps to an education and outreach program.

Market Barrier

Most of the multi-family housing within disadvantaged communities in Los Angeles is inefficient, unhealthy, and overburdened with high utility costs – without sufficient funding or financing options to electrify these buildings.

Proposed Solution

USGBC-LA will install 10 HPWH and 5 heat pump HVAC options in naturally-occurring affordable housing (NOAH).  This offering will be integrated into the existing structure of its Green Affordable Housing Program (GAHP), which currently provides tenant education, building efficiency project support for NOAH owners and property managers, community EV charging, and green workforce training.

Theory of Change

USGBC-LA believes that when NOAH owners and property managers witness the operational performance, the total projected cost savings, and the other co-benefits of heat pumps, they will become comfortable with the technology and will move forward with larger, more holistic electrification retrofit projects that include heat pumps across their portfolios of properties.  In addition, the learnings and data created through program execution will be assembled into a post-program toolkit for greening and electrifying low-income and affordable housing in the region.

Housing Type:

Multifamily affordable housing (naturally-occurring)




Eastern San Fernando Valley, CA