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by Better Buildings Beat Team on Sep 17, 2017
Most of us know Yoda as a cute, rumpled little geriatric urging all of us to be our best selves. But for the past year, 100 Better Buildings Challenge multifamily partners have participated in YoDa, HUD’s shorthand for the Year of Data drive. The acronym is appropriate in more ways than one, as...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jul 12, 2017
With all the excitement in the run-up to the Better Buildings Summit, you may have missed some of the great new resources that were published in the Better Buildings Solution Center! Take a minute to check out some of the newest solutions from Better Buildings Challenge partners: Partner:...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on May 24, 2017
As the first affordable housing multifamily group to reach its Better Buildings Challenge goal, JCHE is setting the stage for other housing groups to become more energy efficient. JCHE leads the way through several projects, including its addition of solar electric and geo-thermal heating and...
by Better Buildings Challenge Multifamily Team on May 02, 2017
The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is the largest public housing authority in the United States, providing housing to 400,000 New Yorkers in 2,550 buildings. NYCHA is committed to energy efficiency improvements portfolio-wide, but every journey starts with a single step. 344 East 28th...
by Better Buildings Challenge Multifamily Team on Apr 27, 2017
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has created a new Multifamily Utility Benchmarking Toolkit to support multifamily housing providers as they undertake utility benchmarking at their properties. This resource is intended to demystify the utility benchmarking process for...
by Multifamily Group Blog on Apr 27, 2017
Well over half of the existing multifamily housing stock in the U.S. dates to (and in many cases predates) the Reagan Administration – which means a lot of multifamily owners are looking to upgrade and improve their buildings. Through the Better Buildings Challenge, we are seeing that energy...
by Better Buildings Multifamily Team on Jan 19, 2017
The New Year is off to a strong start with Better Buildings Multifamily partner Corcoran Management being recognized as a leader in energy efficiency by DOE and HUD. In January, Corcoran Management Founder John Corcoran hosted a tour of Canterbury Towers, an apartment community in Worcester,...
by Better Buildings Challenge Multifamily Team on Dec 12, 2016
The Better Buildings Summit is one of the premier forums for multifamily housing organizations to showcase proven strategies to cut energy used by the housing units comprising their buildings and facilities.  At the Summit, attendees engage with more than 900 industry experts including Better...
by Toni Gallo, ICF International on Oct 04, 2016
Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH), a Better Buildings Challenge multifamily partner, is a nonprofit developer, owner, and operator of nearly 9,000 affordable homes in nine states and the District of Columbia. The organization operates a diverse portfolio of multifamily housing, including...
by Better Buildings Challenge Multifamily Team on Sep 26, 2016
Better Buildings Challenge multifamily partners are looking ahead. With a few barriers knocked down for access to energy data, they now are turning attention to enhancing data delivery. Effective data delivery helps to guide future phases of research and development for new energy efficiency...
by Julia Hustwit, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Mar 22, 2016
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),...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 11, 2015
This week the Energy Department’s Better Buildings Challenge director Maria T. Vargas visited three Better Buildings Challenge showcase projects in the cities of Denver and Arvada Colorado, and had the honor of being joined by U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro....
by Better Buildings Beat Team on Jun 03, 2015
Tabetha McCartney, director of development, finance and sustainability for Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly chose five questions to answer during the Summit. Here are her thoughts on energy efficiency: What does sustainability mean to you? Sustainable development is concerned with meeting...
by Better Buildings Beat Team on May 05, 2015
Better Buildings Challenge Multifamily housing partner Corcoran Management Company recently made waves for adding two new ENERGY STAR certified buildings to its portfolio. Fifty West Broadway in South Boston, and the McNamara Building in Allston, Mass.—one of the first affordable housing projects...