HUD recently announced the availability of $1.5 million of direct technical assistance as part of the Better Buildings Challenge to help multifamily partners committed to meeting their energy-efficiency goals. The assistance is available to market-rate properties that participate in the program and could be used for a range of purposes, including diagnostic assessments, construction review, financing and portfolio planning.
The Better Buildings Challenge is a voluntary leadership initiative that asks building owners, developers, and managers to make a public commitment to energy efficiency. Through the program, the Federal Government is partnering with leaders that have committed to cutting energy waste across their portfolios, and providing their energy savings data and strategies as models for others to follow. Sixty multifamily organizations, including numerous NMHC/NAA members, have pledged an organization-wide energy savings goal of at least 20 percent within 10 years under the program.
An obstacle for property owners participating in the Better
Buildings Challenge is the lack of accurate, whole building utility data, which
is essential for benchmarking their properties through tools such as the EPA Portfolio Manager. Several cities have successfully
implemented programs to share data and the Department of Energy’s Data Accelerator program seeks to build on those
Members interested in signing up for the Better Buildings Challenge should contact HUD Senior Advisor Trisha Miller in the Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities at Trisha.B.Miller@hud.gov.
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