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The HUD Division within Nova conducts on-site inspections to evaluate the general
condition, overall design, and structural elements of the Property buildings. Document reviews are also conducted to review previous and planned capital expenditures. Nova’s Property Condition Needs Assessment (PCNA) complies with the HUD MAP/LEAN Guidelines and offers a complete narrative on the condition and adequacy of the site and building improvements, including the required forms and information. Items such as maintenance, an estimate of immediate costs (Life Safety/ADA and Non-Critical), annual replacement reserves in the CNA e-Tool, comments on the building’s conformance with un-finished work, ADA accessibility, FHA, and UFAS/504 compliance are inclusive. Nova’s Phase I
Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs) also comply with HUD MAP/LEAN Guidelines. The ESAs are conducted to identify potential environmental concerns for on-site activities, off-site activities, and compliance with federal, state, and local agencies which are also included in HUD Environmental Review Online System (HEROS).

Nova's Expertise

Nova’s team members have extensive experience performing and managing high quality, thorough, and timely reports. Our staff includes Registered Architects, Professional Engineers, and Construction Specialists. Nova’s PCNA employees have a robust understanding of facility operating systems, MEP systems, architectural finishes, structural systems, life safety systems, and ADA accessibility compliance. Nova’s ESA employees are trained in facility operating systems, federal, local, and state regulatory requirements, and transport of chemicals through air, soil, soil vapor, surface water, and groundwater. Additionally, Nova may consult with staff located nationwide when needed, who are specialists and leaders in their field.

What sets us apart?

Nova Etool Converter Assistant (NECA) Tables

Nova’s proprietary software, NECA Tables, were created in-house to assist our clients and in-house staff with Critical, Non-Critical, and Reserve for Replacement (R4R) table creation and modification. NECA tables give Nova and their partners more control over how the component tables will be delivered to HUD. These tables are outside of HUD’s
purview. The NECA Tables seamlessly integrate with HUD’s CNA e-Tool 3.0 system creating a streamlined process for submissions. Revision times are now dramatically decreased using our exclusive, new NECA Tables.

Our NECA Tables also integrate with HUD’s Financial Factors Tool (FFT) for (R4R) compliance to assist Lenders in determining their Initial and ongoing Annual Deposits over 20-years. By incorporating the FFT, Lenders have greater control with the ability to adjust several key factors, thereby dramatically streamlining the underwriting process.

Priority Access for High Volume Clients

  • Dedicated staff for revisions after draft issuance.

  • Customized templates for quicker delivery/turnaround time.

  • Dedicated Senior Manager and Project Managers (Assessors) for your account (you will speak with the same personnel regarding any deal in your account).

  • Dedicated pricing allowing acceleration of your deal from originations to site visit date.

Nova's Streamlined Process

  • Documentation checklist is provided to the client prior to engagement.

  • Site visits dates are requested within 5-business days of engagement.

  • Continuous document review before report delivery date including clear communication channels with client and Property personnel.

  • Delivery of Draft Reports within 30 days of site visit.


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HUD MAP/LEAN Property Condition Needs Assessments (PCNAs)


HUD MAP/LEAN Phase I Environmental Site Assessments (ESAs)

Capital Needs Assessments (CNAs) - Online 3.0 System

HEROS (HUD Environmental Review Online System

ANSI-AARST MAMF-2017 Radon Testing

HUD Compliant Baseline & Comprehensive Asbestos Testing and O&M Plans

HUD Compliant Lead-Based Paint Risk Assesments and O&M Plans

HUD Architectural Cost and Review for New Construction and Sub-Rehabs

Archeology, Wetlands, and FEMA Studies (5-Step & 8-Step Processes

HUD Intrusive Testing (Electrical & Sewer)

SEDI, Energy Benchmarking, ASHRAE Level I, II, & III Audits, and NGBS Certification 

NECA Tables (15 and 20 years)

What changes were made in the new MAP Guide that was posted on December 18, 2020?

  • Radon Testing: The new MAP Guide requires testing of 100% of Property ground-floor units along with 10% of upper units. Testing is required in all three radon zones.

  • Asbestos Testing: Now required for all buildings constructed prior to 1989.

  • Energy: In chapter 6 of the updated MAP Guide, ENERGY STAR® for Existing Buildings is largely eliminated from the list of approved certifications for Section 223(f) and 223(a)(7) programs except as a means to demonstrate ongoing performance. There will be a two-year grace period allowing properties less than three years old to use ENERGY STAR Existing Building certification; however, the ENERGY STAR score will need to be a 90 or above. Owners can select one
    of the other approved certification programs, such as National Green Building Standard (NGBS) offered by Home Innovation Research Labs. NGBS Bronze certification requires 15% energy savings as well as water savings that can often be achieved with prescriptive measures. A Level 2 or 3 energy audit will be required as will ongoing benchmarking.

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HUD Energy

Energy Audits Level I, II, and II

ENERGY STAR® Certification 

ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® Benchmarking

HUD Custom SEDI and SEP Reports

Energy Audits to comply with:

RAD PCA Parts 2 and 3

Green Physical Needs Assessment

MAP/MIP Energy Audits

Nova meets the definition of Energy Professional as outlined by HUD.


Nova provides the following for HUD MAP loans:

  1. ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager® Statement of Energy Design Intent (SEDI) for new construction/gut rehab or Statement of Energy Performance (SEP) for existing buildings.

  2. ASHRAE Level II energy audit for all substantial rehabilitation projects that achieve an ENERGY STAR® score of less than 60.

  3. ENERGY STAR® verification visits and application submission for existing buildings that achieve a score of 75 or greater.

GPNA Requirements for PHAs

Properties are required by HUD to complete an energy audit if more than five years old. Additionally, each Public Housing Authority (PHA) must conduct an energy audit at least once every five years. The energy audit must identify water and energy conservation measures and resulting cost-savings. Measures will be entered into HUD’s CNA e-Tool as an alternate item on cost projections and to calculate a simple payback for each considered Energy Conservation Measure (ECM).

The energy audit must include the following:

  1. An analysis of utility bills.

  2. An energy walk-through survey to assess ECMs related to building envelope; heating, cooling, and other mechanical systems; water conservation; power; lighting systems; and controls and appliances.

  3. Review of available building plans, specifications, and operations data.

  4. Interviews with property and maintenance personnel and residents. 

RAD PCA Parts 2 and 3:


Part 2: Energy Audit

The energy audit must meet ASHRAE Procedures for Commercial Building Energy Audits (2011) Level II guidelines. The audit evaluates how energy and water is used at the
property and documents water and energy saving improvements to the property, the cost of the improvements, and simple financial payback. Energy and water saving measures are entered as alternates in the CNA e-Tool.


Part 3: Utility Consumption Baseline

The Utility Consumption Baseline assesses data on all utility usage at the property, both tenant and owner-paid and including all common areas, for a full 12-month period. A
baseline is established for benchmarking and future measurements of consumption and cost.

All HUD energy audits require the following:

  • Inspection of 25% of apartments and 100% of vacant apartments

  • Inspection of all common areas and shared mechanical systems

  • Review of building plans and operational data

  • Interviews with key site personnel

For benchmarking, RAD PART 3, and energy audits:

The client must provide whole-property usage data, if available, or a minimum of 100% owner-paid usage and 25% apartment usage. For ENERGY STAR® certiication, 100% whole-property data is required, including all tenant areas.

Contact Us. 

Kristin Tate | VP, HUD Program Manager | Email | Direct: 281-622-4664, Cell: 832-401-8321

Ask Us.

Nova Group, GBC (Nova) is an international advising firm providing innovative environmental and engineering services in the areas of risk assessment, investigation, management, compliance and corrective action activities.

Call: +1 855-440-9393

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