SAHF Joins Clean Energy for Low Income Communities Program Accelerator

U.S. Department of Energy Collaboration Deploys Clean Energy to Expanded Network of Residents


Washington, D.C. Friday May 20, 2016 – Last week, the U.S. Department of Energy announced three new Better Buildings Accelerators and 50 new partners working together to help the nation seize opportunities to improve critical infrastructure in our communities.  As a partner in the Better Buildings Clean Energy for Low Income Communities Accelerator, Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF) will work with the U.S. Department of Energy to support clean energy adoption for low income communities.

“SAHF is excited to help deliver the many benefits of clean energy to low income communities,” stated Rebecca Schaaf, Senior Vice President for Energy at SAHF. “This collaboration is an opportunity to bring affordable housing to the forefront of green building practices and ensure a seat at the table for all income groups as we build our clean energy future.”

Since the launch of the multifamily component of the Better Buildings Challenge in December 2013, SAHF and its eleven members have been key partners to the Energy Department in expanding opportunities for energy and water conservation in multifamily housing.  SAHF has developed and shared a wide range of building performance tools to help partners achieve their goals, such as the EZ Retrofit Tool and an Operations and Maintenance Toolkit.

The Better Buildings’ Clean Energy for Low Income Communities Accelerator supports the President’s Climate Action Plan with a goal to accelerate investment in home energy efficiency improvement projects across the country. The focus of the collaboration is to lower energy bills in low income communities through expanded installation of energy efficiency and distributed renewables. The program will encourage the development of innovative partnerships, best practices and funding models that a state-level agency, local government or utility program could deploy for communities that need it the most. A full list of partners is available here.

“Thanks to a dedicated drive to actively create and share the best energy efficiency solutions, Better Buildings partners have dramatically cut their energy waste and saved more than a billion dollars since the Better Buildings initiative was launched five years ago,” said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. “As the initiative continues to grow, we are moving the nation forward by reducing energy costs and carbon emissions through energy efficiency.”

Better Buildings Accelerators were developed based on high priority issues that organizations and governments across the U.S. are actively working to solve, despite critical policy, financial and technology challenges. In the recently-released 2016 Better Buildings Progress Update, DOE also announced new partners in the Better Buildings Combined Heat and Power for Resiliency Accelerator, aiming to support and expand the consideration of combined heat and power technologies for improved efficiency and enhanced resiliency, and the Better Buildings Wastewater Infrastructure Accelerator, with partners striving toward a 30 percent reduction in their participating energy efficiency water resource recovery facilities and integrate at least one resource recovery measure.

As a cornerstone of the President's Climate Action Plan, the Better Buildings Initiative aims to make commercial, public, industrial, and residential buildings 20% more energy efficient over the next decade. This means saving hundreds of billions of dollars on energy bills, reducing GHG emissions, and creating thousands of jobs. Through Better Buildings, public and private sector organizations across the country are working together to share and replicate positive gains in energy efficiency.

For a detailed progress update on Better Buildings Accelerators, and for more information on partners and their energy efficiency work, visit:

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