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This section features publications that look beyond the specific question of how much housing costs to consider how affordable housing can contribute to broader sustainability and energy-efficiency objectives. Among other topics, this section examines the combined costs of housing and transportation and explores strategies for reducing those combined costs to improve overall affordability, such as affordable transit-oriented development. This section also examines how to improve energy-efficiency of existing and new homes.
Measures that promote disaster resistance in homes have close links to those that promote energy efficiency. Therefore, home construction and retrofits serving both purposes can be installed at the same time. This issue brief explores new and potential future funding and incentives programs that enhance both the energy efficiency and disaster resistance of homes.
This report describes key provisions in the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that improve the energy-efficiency of subsidized and unsubsidized homes and makes recommendations for additional policy measures to address the energy-efficiency needs of households that may not be adequately covered by the legislation.