HUD Progress Report and Energy Action Plan to Congress
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Sustainable and Green Topics
Energy Conservation can be achieved by increasing energy efficiency while reducing energy consumption. Energy Benchmarking is a low cost too that can help PHAs quickly compare a buildings current energy consumption to other buildings which can assist PHAs in implementing energy conservation measures.
Smoke Free Public Housing
Since 2009, the Office of Public and Indian Housing has encouraged PHAs to adopt smoke free housing policies in some or all of their buildings. The elimination of second or third hand smoke that can migrate between multifamily units can be an important step towards improving the health of residents as well as reducing maintenance costs for PHAs.
Click here to read the Press Release for "Smoke-free subsidized housing would save $521 million a year."
Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
IPM focuses on pest prevention, eliminating sources and using less toxic materials to control pests such as bedbugs, cockroaches and ants.
Water conservation benchmarking is a very useful starting point for PHAs to target water saving opportunities and can help PHAs overall asset management strategy.
Operations & Maintenance
O&M includes all aspects of running a building over the course of its useful life. Because of the far-reaching nature of O&M, a well designed and properly executed program is critical to the overall success.
PIH Green Initiative
The PIH Green Initiative is about spotlighting the latest topics related to the environmental movement known as "Going Green" This month's article is about Green Building.
Lead Threat Thrives: Years after poisoning, a Queensbury family still fearing its effects.