Energy & Water Conservation


SAHF and its members are committed to the sustainability of our planet and our communities by building and operating energy and water efficient housing.

Acting on that commitment, SAHF and its members developed and launched the Big Reach initiative in 2013.  The Big Reach is a collaborative effort of SAHF, along with its partners and supporters, to achieve a portfolio wide 20% reduction in energy and water consumption by the year 2020.

Under the Big Reach, SAHF develops practical tools and identifies capital, systems and policy barriers as well as opportunities which can result in cost savings for owners, residents and taxpayers; environmental benefits for communities and the planet; and improved resident health and comfort.

Big Reach Goals

  • Reduce Operating Costs to Preserve Affordable Housing
  • Reduce Energy and Water Rate Risk Exposure
  • Reduce Barriers within Government Regulatory Structures
  • Influence Utility Incentive Programs to Provide Greater Resources
  • Change Organizational Cultures

Better Buildings Challenge

In conjunction with the Big Reach initiative, we are working with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Energy under the Better Buildings Challenge to promote best practices and policy incentives that enable energy and water efficiency in multifamily housing. Learn more about the Better Buildings Challenge by clicking here.