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Design and Construction Criteria


All housing financed through CHFA, including tax credit allocations, must comply with the Multifamily Design, Construction and Sustainability Standards and Guidelines, resulting in housing that’s as energy-efficient, cost-effective and sustainable as possible. These comprehensive standards and guidelines cover a broad range of recommendations, from site location and energy efficiency to the quality and durability of building materials, to ensure we provide safe, comfortable homes for our residents.

CHFA’s Technical Services Team, staffed by architects, evaluates all stages of affordable housing projects for compliance with our standards and guidelines, while also looking to minimize construction costs and mitigate construction risk. Any requirements set by state funding programs and federal tax credit programs are also evaluated.

The Technical Services Team can provide guidance to the owners, consultants and architects of a development before they apply for CHFA financing. The team reviews environmental and geotechnical reports, hard cost estimates and budgets and  architectural drawings and specifications throughout the application process; and CHFA Field Observers observe the construction of a development.

The Technical Services Team reviews more than 100 applications annually for new construction, rehabilitation and capital improvement repairs including replacement reserve requests. 

Along with the Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP), our construction and design standards include ventilation and thermal envelope measures that encourage good air quality and Passive House requirements and other energy efficiency measures  to reduce the demand for heating, cooling and overall energy use.

Our Multifamily Design, Construction and Sustainability Standards and Guidelines go above state code regulations and have been recognized by Global Green USA for producing some of the most energy efficient buildings in the country.

The standards are applicable to every project financed through CHFA, including tax credit allocations, taking cost constraints and available resources into consideration. If you are considering building affordable housing, contact Jennifer Landau at (860) 571-4266 or

Current Design Standards & Guidelines


2018 Advance Preparation Guidelines
These Guidelines review the advance and requisition process, expectations, rules, and requirements of the payment process for the construction of the project and the obligations of the parties.


2018 Pre-Construction Guidelines
These Guidelines detail the subjects for review in a pre-construction meeting, including expectations, rules and requirements of the construction project and the obligations of the parties.


2018 Pre-Construction & Advance Preparation Guidelines - forms
This is a zip file containing all the forms associated with the 2018 Pre-Construction & Advance Preparation Guidelines.

General Info & Forms


Supplemental Cost Certification
Serves as verification that all outstanding payables at the time of Final Closing have been paid by the Mortgagor and/or the Contractor (as applicable) and that no further amounts are due.


VLI - Section 3 Summary Report - Economic Opportunities for Low and Very Low-Income Persons
Submit one (1) copy of this report to the HUD Headquarters Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, at the same time the performance report is submitted to the program office.



2017 Construction Guidelines: Technical Services/Asset Management (TSAM) and Capital Improvement Guide (CIG)
This document includes issues and conditions when an owner is planning various capital improvement/replacement/repair projects financed through CHFA.


2017 Pre-Construction & Advance Preparation Guideline - forms
This is a zip file containing all the forms associated with the 2017 Pre-Construction & Advance Preparation Guideline.

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