On June 29, 2009 the Department of Energy ("DO") issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement to provide up to $31 million in grants to implement the Building America ("BA") program. The BA program is part of DOE’s Building Technologies Program, and its long-term goal is to develop cost-effective, production-ready systems in five major climate zones that will result in zero energy homes, which produce as much energy as they use, by 2020. The BA program does not pay for home improvements; rather, it pays for showing the home building industry how to minimize the cost of building or retrofitting with significantly improved energy efficiency.

Today, in response to a question that I submitted, DOE has clarified that multi-family homes could qualify as homes under the BA program.

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