Report: Impact of energy efficiency on VA home loans

“Mr. Sahadi took the results of the FSEC analysis and looked at the potential mortgage impact implications of a new HERS rated, energy-efficient home versus an older nonenergy efficient home. The results of this analysis found that a home with a HERS Index Score of 61 generated significant ‘additional buying power’ from $13,000 to over $24,000 with the same income and downpayment. This additional buying power would allow a VA borrower to gain the energy savings and health benefits of a high energy performance new home with lower housing costs than an older, less efficient home.”

HousingThink Podcast – Episode 13

Multifamily Building Systems was established to improve the energy efficiency of affordable and workforce housing. In this episode we hear from industry professionals about MBS’s strategy to optimize the performance of multifamily housing.

Why Cities Must Make Energy-Wasting Buildings More Efficient

“Picture all of the stores, offices, houses and apartment buildings in our cities. Then consider the appliances and electronics used in them along with the heating and air conditioning. Add up all the electricity they use and the fuels burned inside them, and buildings are responsible for nearly one-third of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.”

The Dynamic Possibilities of Passive Design

“Passive House is an international certification program based in Germany with a Canadian office in Victoria. Net Zero, also known as zero-energy or zero net, is a global concept certified in North America by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation. Through thoughtful materials and design, a Passive House cuts energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 90 per cent. A Net Zero building does much the same, but also produces energy through the use of solar panels and similar devices.”