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In conjunction with the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), HUD’s OEE invites FHA program participants to attend a virtual listening session on the Notice.

Intended Audience: FHA Single Family and Multifamily Housing Program Participants and Associated Stakeholders

Date: Thursday, June 8, 2023

Time: 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM (Eastern)

Event Location: Online

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Stakeholders interested in attending the listening session to learn more about the Notice and/or submit comments during the public comment portion of the webcast are strongly encouraged to read the Notice in its entirety before joining the call. Public comments can also be submitted via the methods outlined in the Notice through July 17, 2023.

The Notice fulfills a statutory requirement under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) that requires HUD and USDA to adopt the most recently published energy codes jointly, subject to a cost-benefit housing “affordability and availability” test. The 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and ASHRAE 90.1-2019 are the most recent published energy codes. There are two primary benefits of adopting energy-saving building codes: a private benefit for residents—either homeowners or renters—in the form of lower energy costs, and the external social value of reducing the emission of greenhouse gases (GHGs). Additional benefits may include improved health and resilience against extreme hot or cold weather events. The Notice provides a Preliminary Determination, as required by the statute, that, on balance, these codes will not negatively impact the affordability and availability of eligible single-family and multifamily housing.

On May 18, 2023, the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Environment and Energy (OEE) and the Department of Agriculture published a Notice of Preliminary Determination “Adoption of Energy Efficiency Standards for New Construction of HUD- and USDA-Financed Housing: Preliminary Determination and Solicitation of Comment” [Docket
No. FR-6271-N-01