The National Housing Trust (NHT) recently released an action guide to serve as a practical tool for affordable housing developers and other providers seeking better partnerships among utility companies, providers and investors. “Partnering for Success: An Action Guide for Advancing Utility Energy Efficiency Funding for Multifamily Rental Housing” details how obstacles that have traditionally prevented multifamily affordable rental housing from benefiting from utility energy efficiency programs can be overcome through collaboration between the housing and energy sectors and details successful efforts in a few different states. The report also provides guidance on how key stakeholders from the housing and utility sectors can effectively work together to significantly improve the energy efficiency of multifamily affordable rental housing.
The report is the result of a collaboration between NHT, the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) and D&R International. Together, these organizations engaged with utility companies, affordable housing stakeholders, and energy advocates in targeted states in order to reduce energy consumption in multifamily rental housing by $40 million.