Launched in 2011 with a focus on the industrial and commercial sectors, the Better Buildings Challenge expanded two years ago to include multifamily housing, announcing in December 2013, that over 50 partners (public housing authorities, nonprofit housing providers, and market-rate developers), are committed to achieving portfolio-wide energy savings of 20 percent in ten years.
Just this month, the number of multifamily partners stepping up to the Better Buildings Challenge hit record totals, bringing the total number of multifamily partners to well over 100. Partners like the New York City Housing Authority (the largest affordable housing provider in North America, supporting over 400,000 public housing residents) and the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles are committing to double down on their long histories of sustainability work by setting targets for the efficiency of their large urban housing portfolios. In doing so, they will reduce operating costs, ensure the future of affordable housing, and mitigate climate change. Meanwhile, small and mighty organizations like CASCAP of Boston and Danville Development of Utah are stepping upto assert their commitment to energy efficiency and, in doing so, are providing critical leadership to their peers and the public.
These partners will work to share their strategies and solutions with other partners in the Challenge and will receive logistical and financial support from HUD to ensure success in meeting their energy efficiency goals.
As efforts in this sector continues to grow, the Energy Department in partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is thinking of new ways to attract more leaders to spur and spotlight the pursuit of energy efficiency in communities across the nation. Stay tuned as we announce all new partners at the Summit (learn more about multifamily workshops and sessions), and let us know if you are interested in joining the multifamily movement.
New partners include:
- Cambridge Housing Authority
- Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation
- Essex Management Company, LLC
- Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation
- Gateway Management Services
- Consecra Housing Network
- The Renaissance Collaborative
- Danville Development
- New York City Housing Authority
- City of Hickory Public Housing Authority (energy + water)
- Housing Authority of the City of Angola
- Housing Authority of the City of Gary, Indiana
- Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority
- Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles
See all Better Buildings Challenge partners.