The North Carolina Housing Finance Agency (NCHFA) is a self-supporting public agency that effectively creates and maintains affordable housing opportunities for North Carolinians whose housing and financing needs are not met by the market. NCHFA is receiving ENERGY STAR recognition for incorporating energy efficiency standards, including the construction of ENERGY STAR qualified homes, into its affordable housing program requirements. Key accomplishments include:
· Financing the construction of more than 210 ENERGY STAR qualified single-family homes and almost 1,300 rental units in 2010.
· Financing the installation of products that have earned the ENERGY STAR in 150 owner-occupied rehabilitated homes and more than 525 rehabilitated rental units.
· Making the construction of ENERGY STAR qualified homes a requirement and condition for developers to receive funding or financial incentives.
· Influencing other organizations to change their production processes to construct ENERGY STAR qualified homes, including dozens of Habitat for Humanity affiliates and community development corporations.