The Partnership for Home Energy Efficiency is working to develop new, low cost building technologies and practices to improve the efficiency of the nation's homes and to accelerate market penetration of energy efficiency in both existing and new homes. Partnership activities for the building professions include training and credentialing programs; establishment of a new standardized home energy efficiency service, Home Performance with ENERGY STAR; and development of best practices manuals for remodelers and climate-specific new home construction. The following Web links are designed to have relevance for every member of the builder's team -- from the manager to the site planner to the designers, site supervisors, the trades, and marketers. Materials provide guidance on energy efficiency best practices for home builders, home contractors, home improvement professionals and remodelers.
From blueprint to ribbon-cutting, this site offers suggestions and advice on how to maximize home energy efficiency with whole building design, sophisticated construction techniques, integrated systems, energy management technologies and evaluation software.
Through spotlighting the Building America program, the Department of Energys public/private residential research and development partnerships in collaboration with six building consortia aims to meet the goal of creating homes that generate as much electricity as they use.
Energy Solutions for Your Building
From A to Z energy questions about your home, condo or apartment, this site offers a comprehensive set of suggestions on home energy efficiency measures, as well as an overview of home energy use.
The Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH)
The Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) is a public-private initiative dedicated to accelerating the development and use of technologies that radically improve the quality, durability, energy efficiency, environmental performance, and affordability of America's housing. Become a PATH partner and take advantage of the latest updates in building technologies.
The Energy Efficient Rehab Advisor
Provides preliminary guidelines for energy efficient-renovation of single and multifamily housing. The Advisors energy efficiency recommendations are based on ENERGY STAR specifications, where applicable. Get a tailored profile here for your building and generate a preliminary list of energy conservation measures (ECMs) with estimated costs and savings for your rehab project.
Energy Action Plan
HUD's Energy Action Plan supports the energy conservation goals of the President's National Energy Policy. Find information here about the Energy Action Plan, HUD's Energy Star partnership with EPA and DOE, HUD's energy e-newsletter, and other resources for HUD customers, partners and grantees.
The Public Housing Energy Conservation Clearinghouse
Features news and resources to help public housing authorities manage energy and water costs. The Clearinghouse includes information about Energy Performance Contracting, a financing technique that uses cost savings to repay the cost of installing energy conservation measures, as well as information on buying Energy Star products and appliances.
The Energy Savers website offers information and tips to improve energy efficiency for both buildings and transportation and highlights specific components and practices that contribute to better energy efficiency.
The Energy Star website provides information about a voluntary labeling program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Information helps consumers and businesses easily identify highly efficient products, homes, and buildings that save energy and money, while protecting the environment.
Products that earn the ENERGY STAR
When looking for new household products, look for ones that have earned the ENERGY STAR. They meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the EPA and DOE.
Home Performance with ENERGY STAR
An innovative whole-house approach to improving home comfort and energy efficiency. It depends on qualified contractors who perform a top to bottom energy inspection and make improvements. Find out if it is available in your area.
Home Energy Efficiency Mortgages
Energy Efficient Mortgages (EEMs) recognize that reduced utility expenses can permit a homeowner to pay a higher mortgage to cover the cost of the energy improvements on top of the approved mortgage. FHA EEMs provide mortgage insurance for a person to purchase or refinance a principal residence and incorporate the cost of energy-efficient improvements into the mortgage. The borrower does not have to qualify for the additional money and does not make a downpayment on it. The mortgage loan is funded by a lending institution, such as a mortgage company, bank, or savings and loan association, and the mortgage is insured by HUD.
Subscribe to HUDs new energy e-newsletter!
It is a quarterly e-Newsletter that presents key issues affecting residential energy efficiency and provides regular updates on progress made in implementing HUDs Energy Action Plan..