HUD to Host Innovations in Energy Efficiency Webinar Series

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in collaboration with the Department of Energy, will host a series of webinars that will focus on energy efficiency in housing. According to HUD, the content of the webinars will be on “basic, practical, and actionable [activities] with an emphasis on the rehabilitation of single- and multi-family housing.” The registration deadline for the webinars is Nov. 25.

The following is a list of webinars being offered.

  • Monday, Nov. 29;
    • Energy 101: Intro to Energy Efficiency – Building Retrofits with Positive Return on Investment (Noon – 1:30 pm ET);
    • Simplifying Energy Audits for Single Family and Multifamily Buildings (2 pm – 3:30 pm ET);
  • Tuesday, Nov. 30;
    • Weatherization Plus Health (Noon – 1:30 pm ET);
    • The Lowest of Low . . . Hanging Fruit: Water Fixtures and Lighting (2 pm – 3:30 pm ET);
  • Wednesday, Dec. 1;
    • Once Upon a Replacement: Water Heating and HVAC (Noon – 1:30 pm ET);
    • Shoo Fly, Don’t Bother Me: Minimally Invasive (to occupants) Exterior Retrofits (2 pm – 3:30 om ET);
  • Thursday, Dec. 2;
    • Building Decarbonization and On-site Generation (Noon – 1:30 pm ET); and
    • Energy Codes, Standards, and Certifications: To the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and Beyond (2:00 pm – 3:30 pm ET).

More detailed descriptions of each webinar can be found here.

A registration link can be found here (deadline to register is Nov. 25).

HUD Revises Application Process for Small-Rural Frozen Rolling Base Program

On November 16, HUD published Notice PIH-2021-30, titled “Revision of Application Process for the Small-Rural Frozen Rolling Base Program.” The Notice simplifies and updates the procedure for PHAs to elect to participate in the Small Rural-Frozen Rolling Base (SR-FRB) program. The program allows PHAs that qualify as small and rural to freeze their three-year rolling base consumption level for utility costs for a period of up to 20 years. SR-FRB elections/change requests must be made no later than December 6 for FY 2022. Elections and changes will be made through the OpFund Web Portal. HUD will notify eligible PHAs via email when the module becomes open and available. 2022 will be the first year PHAs that elected to participate in the program in 2021 will be able to remove a project from participation in the SR-FRB.

The notice can be found here.