Pre-Development Loans

Loans to Help You Plan Incredible Projects

DC Green Bank’s Pre-Development Energy Loans are simple lines of credit that fund customized design of energy improvements for new and existing commercial, nonprofit-owned, and multifamily properties.

Program Benefits

  • Supports design and other pre-construction work that can save money on utility bills and enhance the value of projects
  • Pre-development loans allow you to get a jump-start on designs for energy-efficiency projects
  • Property owners select and manage their own service professional(s) for DC Green Bank Pre-Development Loans
  • Get a head start on DC’s Building Efficiency Performance Standards

Pre-Development Loan Quick Facts

  • DC Green Bank finances up to 75% of qualified project costs
  • Loan amounts up to $250,000*  
  • Loan terms up to 24 months
  • Interest only payments 

* For pre-development loans over $250,000, the terms and conditions on this page are subject to change.

Qualified Uses for Pre-Development Loan Funds 

  • Energy audits and benchmarking 
  • Green charrettes 
  • Design 
  • Engineering 
  • Bidding work 
  • Other reasonable energy-related pre-development costs 

Target Properties

  • Multifamily residential properties 
  • Community-based nonprofit organization buildings

Reach out to our Investment Team at to get on the road to affordable pre-development financing.