Preservation of Affordable Housing


Challenge Commitment
6.9Million Square Feet
Goals Progress
20%Reduction in Energy Intensity7%Cumulative (vs. Baseline)

Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH) is a national nonprofit housing developer and owner devoted to the preservation and long-term stewardship of at-risk affordable housing. POAH’s portfolio includes nearly 8,500 apartments in more than 70 developments nationwide. POAH is recognized for its ability to develop innovative financing structures that preserve long-term housing affordability for low- and moderate-income individuals and families that have been priced out of the housing market.

POAH recognizes energy conservation as a key element of responsible property ownership. By participating in the Better Buildings Challenge, it will collaborate with industry partners and expand both the scope and scale of its conservation efforts. The Better Buildings Challenge builds upon POAH’s existing commitment under the Big Reach, an initiative by the members of the Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF). SAHF’s eleven members, representing nearly 100,000 units, are each committing to reducing portfolio wide energy consumption 20% by 2020, using a 2010 baseline. POAH will continue to target energy and water conservation opportunities, both in property acquisitions and in its existing portfolio, and will integrate conservation into its standard operating procedures at the property level by expanding green training for site staff. POAH will also target resident education as a means to reduce building energy consumption and resident utility bills.