Low Carbon Homes

There is an urgent and historic opportunity to significantly reduce carbon emissions in  nearly 5 million multifamily affordable rental homes. We can only achieve meaningful carbon reductions through practitioner actions on a broad scale. We are working to ensure that affordable housing providers and residents are engaged upfront so that they can both participate in and benefit from decarbonization. SAHF and our members are working in three different categories to support the development of low carbon homes:

Energy and Water Efficiency

Building Electrification

Renewable Energy

Portfolio Tools

Portfolio-Level Carbon Resources for Multifamily Housing Owners

To support an equitable transition to a low carbon future, affordable housing owners need resources that allow them to weigh decisions and understand decarbonization implications beyond the individual property. To support the sector,  SAHF is developing resources to support portfolio-level decarbonization decision making and efforts.

U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Climate Challenge

The U.S. Department of Energy is challenging companies, states, municipalities, and other organizations to commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from enterprise-wide operations through the recently announced Better Climate Challenge. Partner organizations pledge to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% within 10 years. The organizations will be sharing their carbon reduction progress and strategies with the broader market to help other organizations build upon success. As an ally, SAHF looks forward to working with DOE, SAHF members and our peers in the challenge to turn the threat of climate change into an opportunity to innovate, collaborate, and create a better planet. Current SAHF members participating in the Better Climate Challenge:

  • Community Housing Partners
  • Mercy Housing
  • Preservation of Affordable Housing 
  • National Housing Trust


Better Climate Challenge Management Add-on Fee

Please find guidance on allowing a management add-on fee for properties participating in the Better Climate Challenge (BCC). 

This incentive was previously only available to Better Buildings Challenge participating properties. 


Better Climate Challenge Management Add-on Fee Memo

DOE's Better climate Challenge Ally Logo

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