Real estate financing agency Freddie Mac expanded its efforts to foster the greening up of old buildings with its new Multifamily Green Advantage suite of offerings.
The new programs are available with most Freddie Mac multifamily loan products. Borrowers can choose either Green Up or Green Up Plus to get better pricing and increase their Freddie Mac loan amounts to finance energy and water efficiency improvements.
Green Up enables borrowers with qualifying properties to increase the amount of their eligible loan by up to 50% of projected energy and water savings. Green Up Plus increases the loan up to 75%, but this option requires a more detailed analysis, based on an ASHRAE Level 2 assessment.
Freddie Mac projects that about 200 properties per year across the U.S. will be able to go under Green Up or Green Up Plus. “We’re really targeting workforce housing—ideally, assets that are 20 years older or older and may not have had improvements over the past 20 years,” said a Freddie Mac executive.