Energy costs impact the long-term affordability of HOME-assisted housing. HUD has taken a number of actions to encourage the use of energy-efficient and environmentally friendly (Green) designs and conservation measures in the development of HOME-assisted housing.
HUD has formed an Energy Task Force and issued an Energy Action Plan. HUD has also signed a memorandum of understanding with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy to promote ENERGY STAR compliant housing. HUD collects information on HOME-assisted units that have received ENERGY STAR certification through HUD's Integrated Disbursement and Information System (IDIS) and as part of HUD's CPD performance measurement system. In 2008, HUD competitively reallocated CHDO funds for innovative Green housing designs that will meet ENERGY STAR certification standards. HUD also provides training and technical assistance on how to conserve energy in HOME-assisted housing.
The following links will lead you to useful information and resources about how to develop energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly housing that is affordable to low-income families, including housing that meets ENERGY STAR standards.