A recent post from LeadingAge.org reports on the ways that HUD (the Department of Housing and Urban Development, a federal agency) has committed to “increase the energy efficiency of its assisted-housing stock.” Read the full article here: How Green Is HUD-Assisted Housing?
How do they plan to accomplish this? First, they’re doing research to find out how to bring current HUD units “into compliance with the National Green Building Standard (NGBS).” Any work to be completed will be measured against NGBS standards, including a rating level (on a scale of bronze to emerald) and on 6 categories of “green features,” like resource efficiency and indoor environmental quality. The article also takes a look at the cost of meeting these standards and ratings for any affordable housing project the Department may take on.
Developing “green” senior housing has been a popular trend in the industry for 2012. Read more about other eco-friendly development projects here:
- More Senior Living Communities Seeking LEED Certification
- ALFA’s C.A.R.E. Program Helps Senior Communities Save Energy
- Senior Apartments in Houston: An Affordable “Green” Housing Option