Community Development Corporations (CDCs) and other nonprofit housing developers have modified their construction processes at minimal cost to accommodate the construction of ENERGY STAR certified homes that provide substantial energy savings and other benefits, such as better comfort that lead to an improved quality of life.

Habitat for Humanity Exit ENERGY STAR — ENERGY STAR's guidelines for new construction are part of Habitat for Humanity's construction guidelines for all affiliates nationwide. For additional information contact Kevin Gobble, Sustainable Building and Design Specialist, Habitat for Humanity Headquarters, or 404-420-6795. Here are examples of Habitat affiliates who have improved the affordability of homeownership for lower income families by building ENERGY STAR certified homes:

Blue Hills Community Services PDF (231KB) — constructing ENERGY STAR certified homes and improving the energy performance of existing homes has helped create healthy, sustainable communities

Milford Housing Development Corporation PDF (39KB) — building ENERGY STAR certified homes through a Self-Help Program to lower utility costs and conserve resources

Key Tools and Resources for Developers:

  • Partner Locator Tool — locate and contact home energy raters to help you incorporate energy efficiency into your development projects from the design phase through construction
  • Bulk Purchasing Tool — negotiate with multiple suppliers of ENERGY STAR qualified products for bulk purchase prices
  • Purchasing and Procurement Tools — tools to determine savings from ENERGY STAR qualified products and facilitate the procurement process.
  • Energy Efficiency for Elderly Housing and Housing for the Disabled — a report developed by HUD, EPA, and stakeholders to help sponsors and owners incorporate energy efficiency and other green building measures into their HUD Section 202 (elderly housing) and Section 811 (housing for the disabled) housing projects