Green Affordable Housing: HUD Has Made Progress in Promoting Green Building, But Expanding Efforts Could Help Reduce Energy Costs and Benefit Tenants
DIANE Publishing, 2009 - 68 pages
Rising energy prices and concerns about the environment have fueled interest in "green building" -- resource-efficient construction and maintenance practices that reduce adverse impacts on the natural environment. HUD spends an estimated $5 billion on energy costs annually in its affordable housing programs and has recently taken steps to reduce its energy costs. This report reviews: (1) HUD's efforts to promote energy efficiency in its programs and the use of performance measures; (2) potential costs and long-term benefits of green building in HUD's affordable housing programs; and (3) lessons learned elsewhere that HUD could use to promote green building. Includes recommendations. Illustrations.
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