Owners and residents of multifamily rental housing do not have as much access to the benefits of energy efficiency as owners and residents of other forms of housing. Affordable multifamily rental housing tends to have far fewer energy efficient attributes, such as efficient appliances or adequate insulation.
The lack of energy efficient multifamily housing has consequences for low-income families and their communities. When families with limited financial means are saddled with high energy bills that they cannot afford, they face the prospect of losing their utility services or, worse, being evicted from their homes. To the extent that high energy costs drive up building operating expenses, building owners have limited means to invest in their properties while keeping rents affordable, threatening the continued availability of good quality affordable housing.
Residents and owners of affordable multifamily buildings should have equitable access to the resources and help they need to improve the efficiency of their homes. The benefits of energy efficiency should not be exclusively available to higher income families and businesses.