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Phone Briefings on Better Buildings Challenge for Multifamily Properties

February 22, 2016 | Todd Feist

As part of the President’s Climate Action Plan, announced in 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) partnered to expand the Better Buildings Challenge (BBC) to the multifamily residential sector. The Better Buildings Challenge is a voluntary leadership initiative that asks building owners and managers to make a public commitment to energy efficiency with the goals of mitigating climate change and improving financial stability in the market-rate and affordable multifamily housing stocks.

HUD is seeking new partners for 2016 from among the nation’s multifamily housing providers, and they have been holding open briefing sessions throughout the month of February to provide information on the benefits of joining this initiative.

Being a BBC Partner provides multifamily leaders with a number of opportunities for public recognition. New partners that make a pledge by March 1 will:

  • Be announced at the BBC Summit in DC on May 9-11, 2016
  • Receive a letter of support from the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Be eligible for several financial and policy incentives made available by the HUD Office of Multifamily Housing

You can join the open briefing sessions described below to learn more about these and other benefits of becoming a BBC Partner. They will also discuss their complementary initiatives, the Renew300 renewable energy pledge and the BBC Water pledge. If you cannot attend any of the briefing sessions or have additional questions, you can contact julia.b.hustwit@hud.gov or check out the BBC webpages here (HUD) and here (DOE).

The Department of Housing & Urban Development's
Office of Multifamily Housing and Office of Economic Resilience
invite you to join us for a Special Briefing Session on
The Better Buildings Challenge (BBC)

Calls will be held at the following times:

4:00 to 4:45pm Eastern on Tuesday, February 23, 2016
4:00 to 4:45pm Eastern on Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Call in:
1-888-675-2535 #5999891

About the Author
Todd Feist is the Sustainability Program Manager at IREM Headquarters in Chicago. He develops classroom and online courses and helps manage the IREM Sustainability program, including the IREM Certified Sustainable Property certification. 

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