This is an excerpt from EERE Network News, a weekly electronic newsletter.

September 25, 2002

HUD, DOE, EPA to Work on Energy Efficient Affordable Housing

A new partnership among three federal agencies promises to increase the energy efficiency of affordable housing throughout the United States. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) signed onto the formal partnership on September 17th along with DOE and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The agreement commits the three agencies to working together to improve the energy efficiency of HUD's public, assisted and insured housing as well as housing financed through HUD's formula or competitive grant programs.

Under the agreement, the agencies will coordinate resources and approaches to expand the use of Energy Star-labeled products in HUD-financed housing, expand the number of Energy Star-labeled new homes financed by HUD, and promote energy efficiency improvements in both new and existing HUD-financed housing.

HUD programs assist more than five million renters and homeowners each year, representing about five percent of all housing. HUD spends an estimated $4 billion each year on energy on behalf of these renters and homeowners, an amount that could be significantly reduced through the use of energy efficiency. See the HUD press release.

The DOE/EPA Energy Star Program is one of many "Stars of Energy Efficiency" named last week by the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE). Among the other awardees are energy guru Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute, Consumer Reports/Consumers Union, CertainTeed Corporation, and Sears, Roebuck and Company. The awards will be presented on October 9th as a prelude to the ASE Summit on Energy Efficiency on October 10th. See the ASE press release and the Summit on Energy Efficiency.