Forthcoming Federal Policies Could Encourage More Efficient Affordable Housing

Washington, DC (May 7, 2007)- Actions expected soon by the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Housing and Urban Development should encourage more affordable housing developers to incorporate cost-saving, energy- and water-efficient technologies, systems and appliances into their developments.

Energy Codes and Standards
Affordable housing developers, operators, and funders committed to making properties more energy efficient must understand a number of codes and standards that specify various aspects of building performance. The attached memorandum provides summary information on the major frameworks, as analyzed by Enterprise Corporation, for utility allowance and energy standards.
HUD Offers Energy Training Webcast Series
Free registrations are now being accepted for the HUD Energy Training Webcast Series. HUD is offering satellite broadcasts and live webcasts on energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and techniques in affordable housing. All webcasts begin at 1:00 pm (EST), online, in a series of four three-hour modules, these webcasts offer the most current information and technical guidance on:
* Multifamily Retrofit and Remodeling Strategies: May 17
* Single-family Rehab and Retrofits: Focus on Low-Rise Buildings: June 14
* New Construction Techniques: Energy Star Qualified New Homes, Green Building, and Beyond: Sept. 13
For more information and registration, visit Housing & Urban Development.