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Energy Department Partnership to Certify Zero Net-Energy Ready Homes

WASHINGTON, D.C. - August 22, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Energy Department on August 20 announced a new partnership between its Challenge Home program and the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) on a voluntary certification process for energy-efficient homes. The partnership will streamline certifications for homes that can offset most or all of their utility bills with a small renewable energy system. These homes are referred to as "zero net-energy ready" homes. Home builders participating in these certification programs gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace by providing their customers with homes featuring energy savings, among other benefits.

Michaud Announces more than $14 million in Housing and Community Development Grants in Maine

WASHINGTON, DC - July 12, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Today, Congressman Mike Michaud announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded the State of Maine $10,581,799 under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)...

NHC joins supporters of HOME program at congressional hearing

WASHINGTON, DC - November 2, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) -- The National Housing Conference, known as the united voice for housing, voiced strong support for the HOME Investment Partnerships program, which is under scrutiny by the House Subcommittee on Insurance, Housing and Community Opportunity and the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. NHC Vice President for Policy and Advocacy Ethan Handelman said the federal block grant program provides critical funding for state and local governments to create affordable housing for low-income families.

HUD HONORS 14 STATE AND LOCAL MODEL PROGRAMS WITH PRESTIGIOUS “DOOR KNOCKER AWARD” FOR...

WASHINGTON, DC - May 4, 2011 - (RealEstateRama) - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced today that it is recognizing 14 State and local governments with its coveted "Door Knocker Award" for their outstanding work in producing affordable housing. From creating a stable living environment for those with disabilities to providing rental assistance to homeless veterans, each community represents a model for developing innovative housing solutions to meet their specific needs. Read a summary for each Door Knocker Award winner.

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Preserving the Past While Building the Future

Glancing at a modern city skyline, it's apparent many if not most of the buildings are less than half a century old. Upon closer inspection, older buildings can be seen as well. In a city like New York, the old mixes with the new in dramatic fashion; the 90-year-old Empire State Building dominates the sky alongside five-year-old 432 Park Avenue.