HFAs’ affordable housing efforts increasingly emphasize making homes and communities more sustainable by promoting energy-efficiency, connecting housing to jobs, increasing access to affordable transportation, supporting educational opportunity, and making homes healthier.
Sustainable Housing Resources
Federal Government Initiatives
- DOE Better Buildings Neighborhood Program
- DOT Sustainability Efforts
- Enviornmental Protection Agency Partnership
- EPA Sustainability
- HUD Sustainable Development Resources
- HUD/DOT/EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities
Other Sustainability Initiatives
- Enterprise Green Communities
- Local Initiatives Support Corporation Green Development Center
- National Association of Home Builders Green
NCSHA Blog Posts
- August 26, 2015
On August 24, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced two new policies designed to promote energy-efficient single-family housing. This announcement was part of a broader set of green energy initiatives that the Obama Administration announced the same day.
- May 12, 2015
Last week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a Notice of Final Determination that establishes minimum energy standards that newly-constructed housing units must meet to be eligible for insurance through various HUD and USDA programs.
- NYC HDC's website
- Joint Center for Housing Studies
- New York Times
- Maryland DHCD: Ocean City, Annapolis and Towson Are Among Towns Added to Maryland’s List of Sustainable CommunitiesDecember 23, 2013
Seventeen Maryland communities – including the resort town of Ocean City and the retail and college hub of Towson – were added to the state’s list of Sustainable Communities this fall, joining the statewide initiative to strengthen reinvestment and revitalization in Maryland’s older neighborhoods.
- March 7, 2011
Always scrambling for funds for weatherization, Dale McCormick, agency director, got the idea of trying to make money by selling carbon offsets for the reductions in carbon emissions the agency was attaining through insulating, weather-stripping and caulking homes.
Sustainable Housing - Resources
- September 28, 2015
Examine how energy-efficiency improvements can lower utility costs, improve housing quality, and enhance financial and environmental stability. Explore new green financing solutions, Passive House design, and other strategies that are pushing the envelope on sustainable housing and green building.
- September 23, 2015
This is the slide presentation used during the September 2 webinar held by NCSHA and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to discuss DOE’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program (HPwES).