EEFA’s overarching goal through our Healthy Affordable Building Materials (HABM) work is to improve indoor air quality and resident health through the use of non-toxic building materials.
Market Transformation: Ensure the safest insulation and air sealant materials are readily available and cost-effective.
Green Building Standards: Incorporate public health protections from toxic building materials into existing building rating systems, building codes as well as all current green building certifications and standards. Integrate HABM specifications and guidance into energy efficiency contractors/trades trainings and certifications.
Financing: Integrate healthier building materials provisions in performance-based standards in state housing financing agencies’ (HFA) Qualified Allocation Plans (QAP) for the federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program.
Policy: Incorporate public health protections from toxic building materials into existing efficiency programs, affordable housing policies, toxic substance control policies and air quality regulatory frameworks at the state and national levels.
Movement-Building: Align the energy, housing, and health and environmental justice movements, through a comprehensive, collaborative approach, toward making multifamily homes healthy, resilient, and affordable.