The Community Builders, Inc.


Challenge Commitment
7.6Million Square Feet
Goals Progress
20%Reduction in Energy Intensity

The Community Builders, Inc. (TCB) is a nonprofit developer of mixed-income housing, with a mission to build and sustain strong communities where people of all incomes can achieve their full potential. TCB realizes its mission by developing, financing and operating high-quality housing, and implementing neighborhood self-help initiatives to drive economic opportunity for its residents. Since 1964, TCB has constructed or preserved over 320 affordable and mixed-income housing developments and secured over $2.5 billion in project financing from public and private sources. Today, TCB owns or manages more than 10,000 apartments in 14 states and Washington, D.C. It is headquartered in Boston with regional hubs in Chicago and Washington.

The Better Buildings Challenge builds upon TCB’s existing commitment under the Big Reach, an initiative by the members of Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF). SAHF’s 11 members, representing nearly 100,000 units, are each committing to reducing portfolio wide energy consumption 20% by 2020, using a 2010 baseline. The initiative focuses on integrating energy efficiency into all aspects of its affordable housing development and operations. TCB will use several energy savings pathways – improved operations and maintenance, resident engagement, appliance and equipment upgrades, multiple approaches to whole building retrofits, and use of renewable energy – to meet its commitment under the Better Buildings Challenge.