February 27, 2015

A “Century of Cities”—here and abroad

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Do you live in an urban place? Chances are that you do or will sometime in the future. A hundred years ago, this might have been a different story. Globally, just one in every 10 people lived in urban areas a century ago. Now, for the first time ever, most people live in cities.

February 2, 2015

Building a More Resilient, Clean Energy Future: Our Latest Step

On January 29, HUD Secretary Julián Castro joined California Governor Jerry Brown and Debra Schwartz, Director of Impact Investments at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, to announce a series of multifamily energy efficiency initiatives that will help make California communities move closer to a more resilient, clean energy future.

January 16, 2015

HUD and the Build America Initiative

Building a 21st century infrastructure is a critical component of the Obama Administration’s efforts to accelerate economic growth, expand opportunity, create jobs and improve the competitiveness of the American economy. As part of this effort, President Obama launched the Build America Investment Initiative in July 2014, calling on federal agencies to find new ways to […]

November 21, 2014

Knowing Our Energy Usage Helps Reduce Our Energy Consumption

Last week, HUD Secretary Julián Castro issued an open letter to utility companies across the United States encouraging them to work with building owners to facilitate access to whole-building utility usage data.  This is a critical issue for owners and operators of multifamily housing, and particularly for the affordable housing community and HUD.

November 13, 2014

Helping Affordable Housing Developers Reach Energy Star Certification

HUD has been working with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to pursue energy efficiency initiatives that will yield significant cost savings to the federal government, property owners, and building residents.  Today, some of those efforts are bearing fruit as the EPA announces 17 multifamily housing properties that are the first in the nation to earn […]