HUD encourages HOME PJs to incorporate ENERGY STAR qualified products and practices when conducting rehabilitation or constructing new housing.
Why choose ENERGY STAR?
- Lower utility bills
- Improve comfort
- Increase project value
- Reduce air pollution and improve the environment
HOME funds may be used to finance rehabilitation activities to meet local codes and, at the same time increase the efficient use of energy in structures through such means as installation of storm windows and doors, siding, wall and attic insulation, and conversion, modification, or replacement of heating and cooling equipment, including the use of solar energy equipment. Energy auditing and home energy rating are also an eligible use of HOME funds.
New housing constructed with HOME funds must meet the HUD standard, which is the 1992 Model Energy Code, or higher standard adopted by the jurisdiction. But PJs are encouraged to build using ENERGY STAR specifications which are higher.
HOME-Funded Substantial Rehab and New Construction
There are two key ways to incorporate ENERGY STAR into your substantial rehab and new construction projects:
HOME-Funded Moderate Rehab or Repairs
There are three key ways to incorporate ENERGY STAR when conducting moderate rehab or repair projects:
Use ENERGY STAR procurement resources. A clear procurement policy is a key element in the project's financial soundness.
HOME Model Guide
HUD has issued a Model Guide "Building ENERGY STAR New Homes and Incorporating Energy Efficiency and Green Building Practices into HOME-Funded Affordable Housing". This guidebook provides technical and operational guidance that will help HOME participating jurisdictions (PJs), community housing development organizations (CHDOs), and subrecipients develop ENERGY STAR qualified homes. This guidebook discusses the benefits of improved energy efficiency in housing; describes what the ENERGY STAR qualified home label means; describes what a PJ and its local development partners must do to meet ENERGY STAR standards; and identifies other actions that PJs can take to improve a building's energy efficiency.