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Updated Home Energy Efficiency Standards Could Affect 1 in 4 Homes

May 6, 2024

On April 25, the US Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Agriculture (USDA) announced final energy efficiency standards for new home construction. The refreshed standards will impact up to a quarter of all new homes nationwide and will cut energy bills by up to a third, paying for the efficiency improvements within two years on average. The affected units include affordable housing apartments (supported by HUD programs) as well as starter homes eligible for low-down-payment mortgages (insured by FHA and USDA). This announcement comes on the heels of a rule requiring new and majorly renovated federal buildings to be zero-emissions by 2030.

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