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Celebrating 25 Years in Business!

Wow! Twenty-five years in business!

I’m not sure I was thinking that far ahead when I started the company back in 1994, by myself, in a windowless basement 340 square foot office.  Back then we were Dominion Environmental Group and definitely a “local” consultant, focused on hazardous materials testing and Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessments (ESA’s).  Boy have we evolved, grown and enhanced our array of professional service offerings over the years!  A few years after opening, we changed the name to our current Dominion Due Diligence Group and really started to focus on supporting the preservation of affordable housing, a cause I am deeply passionate about. We expanded our services to include Capital Needs Assessments, Architectural Review, Construction Cost Estimation, Sustainability/Energy Consulting, Green Building Certification, and Affordable Housing Repositioning Services. I am proud that D3G is the only affordable and workforce housing due diligence company that offers this depth and breadth of experience with experts that are all in-house – employees not contractors.

I’m also very proud of the accomplishments and acknowledgments we’ve received over the years, including the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, a Best Places to Work award, and recognition of our support of Veterans Housing. I’m excited that for the past two decades D3G has been a willing guinea pig for HUD’s various pilot initiatives and housing preservation tools, such as the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD); Multifamily Accelerated Process (MAP); CNA e-Tool platform; 24 CFR 50/58 HEROS; LIHTC Pilot Initiative; Green MIP Reduction; and the Moving to Work (MTW) program.   

I’m thankful too, for the trust and support from our valued clients and vendors. Thank you for your belief in us and our abilities to help you achieve your project goals. Thank you for letting us share in your successes to transform communities and preserve workforce and affordable housing. D3G’s success can be attributed to the commitment to our core values, maintaining the highest level of customer service and having true Subject Matter Experts (SME’s) for employees. We will continue our mission of supporting workforce housing development and affordable housing preservation across the country by staying ahead of the latest financing programs and providing expert level consultative services to our clients. Here’s to 25! And celebrating the next successful chapter together.



Citi Showcases RAD Project that D3G Supported

Check out this cool video highlighting the successful transformation of a property devastated by super storm Sandy. The first RAD conversion for NYCHA Housing. https://youtu.be/kdGDtAC6Wrk 

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Bipartisan Bills to Improve LIHTC

Rob was on the Hill yesterday, hearing from and meeting with a few of the Representatives who helped to push this legislation!


After months of work by NAHB's Housing Credit Group members, legislation has been introduced in the House and Senate to improve the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, as well as provide it with additional resources.

In the Senate, the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act (S. 1703) has been introduced by Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.); Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee; Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.); and Todd Young (R-Ind.)

The House bill (H.R. 3077) was introduced by Reps. Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.), Kenny Marchant (R-Texas), Don Beyer (D-Va.) and Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.).

The Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act includes key provisions NAHB strongly supports. The bill would:

  • Establish a permanent minimum 4% credit floor. Currently, this credit rate floats, and the current low interest rate environment results in 15 to 20% less equity available for development. Establishing a 4% minimum floor would provide more predictability and flexibility in financing projects, making more types of properties financially feasible and significantly increasing unit production.
  • Increase 9% credit allocations by 50%.
  • Prohibit local approval and contribution requirements, which can be misused to block affordable housing projects.
  • Rename the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit the Affordable Housing Tax Credit.

Sen. Cantwell's leadership on this issue has been critical to garner bipartisan support for this legislation.

The Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act will help boost the production of sorely needed affordable rental apartment units. NAHB strongly supports this legislation and will push for its consideration by the Congress.


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Choice Neighborhoods Initiative Awarded to Norfolk and Newport News in Virginia

D3G is proud to have assisted both Newport News and Norfolk, both successful recipients of large Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (CNI). Congratulations to both localities on their hard work!



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Updates To the Environmental Review Requirements for RAD Conversions - Quick Reference Guide

HUD has recently revised the Quick Reference Guide for Environmental Review Requirements for RAD Conversions. This version provides a more streamlined organization of information, incorporates frequently asked questions that have come up over the past few years, and introduces simplified environmental reviews for RAD conversions to PBRA that do not entail any work. This guide is applicable to both components of RAD (i.e., for public housing, Mod Rehab, Rent Supp & RAP, and soon 202 PRAC conversions). 





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D3G’s Green MIP New Construction Project, Manseau Flats, Receives NGBS Bronze Certification


Manseau Flats is a six-story, 78-unit community with one- and two-bedroom floor plans. The property offers quick access to the local bike and walking paths along the Fox River and an adjacent marina. The building was constructed with highly-efficient Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) Walls and ENERGY STAR windows while the dwelling units water fixtures are low-flow, the appliances are all ENERGY STAR certified and the water heating and HVAC systems are high-efficiency. Building materials that were selected included low and no VOC paint to improve indoor air quality.

“HUD’s Green Mortgage Insurance Premium Reduction Program is a phenomenal program with a great return on investment for developers but there are a lot of steps and requirements,” said Stephen Evanko, D3G’s Managing Director of Energy and Sustainability. “D3G can support lenders and developers through the process – from the initial Environmental Site Assessments, to the Architectural Reviews, to the energy and green building consulting and verification as well as with the ongoing monitoring.”


Residents will benefit from a high-quality, energy-efficient apartment and will pay less in utility costs.







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The Revitalization of Lynchburg, Virginia's Historic Krise Building

When you're in the business of Housing Preservation, it's certainly always cool when a project that you've supported helps to preserve and revitalize a 100+ year old building. Our work included everything from the ESA to SEDI to Radon testing and NGBS Green Verification Services. 



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RAD Celebrates 100,000 Units Preserved

What an awesome milestone in housing preservation! D3G is proud to have been at the forefront of the RAD process and to see so many of our projects through to successful completion.


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Jenn Krieher Joins D3G as Housing Preservation Manager

D3G is excited to announce and welcome Jenn Krieher as Housing Preservation Manager. The Housing Preservation Services (HPS) department was recently created to support the widened scope of services that D3G provides. Jenn will be responsible for providing technical assistance for RAD and SAC Section 18 programs, as well as overseeing portfolio wide reviews for our PHA clients. She’ll manage the D3G relationship with PHA’s and their development teams, performing RAD transaction liaison and owner representative services for clients. 

“I’ve known Jenn for the past eight years and am thrilled to have her on board here at D3G. Her talent, and especially her HUD experience, will add to our unprecedented affordable housing knowledge,” said Rob Hazelton, President of D3G

Jenn joins D3G from HUD, where she was part of the innovative Office of Recapitalization, during the early days of HUD’s green programs. She brings with her a strong housing preservation background, existing relationships with key players in housing across the country and deep knowledge of RAD & SAC, having been a RAD Transaction Manager.



D3G'S Stephen Evanko Recognized as Home Innovation NGBS Green Partner of Excellence

Midlothian, VA, February 25th –Stephen Evanko, Managing Director of Energy & Sustainability for Dominion Due Diligence Group (D3G) has been named a Home Innovation NGBS Green Partner of Excellence for 2017. NGBS Green, which is based on the National Green Building Standard™ (NGBS), has certified more homes than any other national green home certification program thanks in large part to its knowledgeable in-field verifiers. Being one of an elite group of Home Innovation’s green certification program partners to be recognized validates the commitment Stephen has made to providing customers with increased value, professionalism, and relevance in the marketplace through third-party verification to the NGBS.

“What a year!” said Home Innovation Vice President Innovation Services Michelle Foster. “NGBS Green celebrated its 100,000th NGBS Green Certified home in March 2017, and less than a year later we have certified an additional 28,000+ homes. In 2017 we also marked the first 2015 NGBS Green Certified home; started development of the 2018 NGBS, which will now cover mixed-use multifamily buildings; and Home Innovation was selected as ENERGY STAR MRO for high-rise multifamily buildings. We could not have attained all these milestones – while at the same time continuing to provide an affordable, rigorous certification program that provides value to the entire residential construction industry – without dedicated partners like Stephen.”

Stephen’s firm, Dominion Due Diligence Group, supports multifamily projects pursuing HUD financing.  In 2016, HUD launched the Green Mortgage Insurance Premium Reduction that offered Multifamily projects up to 40 basis point for pursuing energy-efficient design and green building certifications. 

As an accredited NGBS Green Verifier, Stephen and his team have provided NGBS green building consulting verification and energy modeling services for ~100 projects that have pursued this incentive.  NGBS Green Verifiers are trained, tested, and accredited by Home Innovation to ensure consistency and rigor across the country for NGBS Green Certifications across the country.

“HUD’s Green Mortgage Insurance Premium Reduction Program is a phenomenal program with a great return on investment for developers but there are a lot of steps and requirements. NGBS is a great solution and we enjoy helping developers through the process to secure the rate reduction and deliver a quality building, said Evanko.”

To earn certification to the National Green Building Standard, a home must meet rigorous criteria in six categories – Lot & Site Development; Resource Efficiency; Energy Efficiency; Water Efficiency; Indoor Environmental Quality; and Homeowner Education. There are mandatory practices in each category that every NGBS Green Certified home must meet, and there are a wide range of additional optional practices in each category that a builder can select based on the applicability to buyers or renters in their market. There are also mandatory point minimums in every category in order for a home to attain the next level of certification, which is a more stringent requirement than in any other national certification program.

Since January 2009, when the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) became the first residential green building rating system to be approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), Home Innovation Research Labs has certified nearly 130,000 green single-family and apartment homes, and more than 1,650 lots within green residential land developments. (For more details on current certification numbers, visit www.homeinnovation.com/ngbsgreenstats.) For more information on NGBS Green Certified homes and Home Innovation’s NGBS Green Partner home builders and remodelers, visit www.NGBS.com.



ABOUT D3G: Since 1994, Dominion Due Diligence Group (D3G) has been navigating the nation’s most complex housing and healthcare projects. D3G was the original third party due diligence consultant to concentrate on the HUD-FHA-MAP mortgage insurance industry and has since grown into a full-service Environmental and Engineering real estate due diligence company. Our third-party reporting is used for HUD-FHA, SFHA, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and conventional financial transactions. D3G has helped shape the affordable housing preservation industry by presenting environmental, property and sustainability solutions to our Lenders, Borrowers, General Contractors, Design Professionals and Equity Partners. D3G has a full energy and sustainability team offering an extensive suite of services including; energy benchmarking, energy audit, energy modeling and green building consulting and verification.

ABOUT HOME INNOVATION RESEARCH LABS: Home Innovation Research Labs, located in Upper Marlboro, Md., is a full-service research, testing, and consulting firm determined to improve the quality, durability, affordability, and environmental performance of single- and multifamily homes and home building products – in short, we aim to perfect the home. Founded in 1964 as a subsidiary of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), our team has been integral in solving many of our client’s most difficult product and technology issues, and helping to introduce some of the most groundbreaking innovations in residential construction. Through an interdisciplinary research approach – including market research, building science analysis, laboratory testing, and standards development – we help to find a home for innovation in the residential construction industry.


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