Fannie Mae Tops $112 Billion in Green Loans

Fannie Mae has reached an amazing milestone in its efforts to promote environmental sustainability.   In 2023, the total amount of Green Bonds and Mortgage Backed securities (MBS) for multifamily properties topped $112 billion.

What began as a pilot program by Fannie Mae back in 2010, has blossomed into an entirely new industry for multifamily properties. Fannie Mae pioneered the concept of Green Financing over a decade ago.  Green Loans are now available from Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and a variety of other agencies.

Green Initiative:

In a groundbreaking move towards sustainable housing, Fannie Mae announced its ambitious “Green Financing” initiative more than a decade ago.  The goal was to incentivize the development of energy-efficient and environmentally friendly housing projects across the United States. With climate change concerns at the forefront, Fannie Mae’s green financing promised to be a game-changer for homeowners, investors, and the environment.

Promoting Sustainability:

Fannie Mae’s Green Financing is designed to encourage sustainable and eco-friendly construction practices by offering preferential loan terms and financial incentives. Developers and homeowners who embrace green building standards, such as LEED certification or ENERGY STAR compliance, will benefit from reduced interest rates and more favorable loan terms.

Key Features of Fannie Mae’s Green Financing:

  1. Lower Interest Rates: Borrowers who commit to green building standards can expect lower interest rates, reducing the long-term cost of homeownership.
  2. Energy Efficiency Incentives: Projects that incorporate energy-efficient technologies, like solar panels or efficient insulation, may qualify for additional incentives.
  3. Water Conservation: Water-saving features, such as low-flow plumbing fixtures and xeriscaping, can also make borrowers eligible for financial benefits.
  4. Reduced Environmental Footprint: Fannie Mae’s green financing seeks to reduce the environmental impact of housing projects, aligning with global sustainability goals.

The Ripple Effect:

The impact of Fannie Mae’s Green Financing goes beyond homeowners, investors, and residents.  By promoting sustainable building practices, it contributes to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, lower energy consumption, and the conservation of vital resources like water.  These measures not only make financial sense, but also help mitigate climate change and protect our environment.

Industry Response:

The housing industry has responded positively to Fannie Mae’s Green Financing initiative. Developers and builders have expressed interest in adopting green building practices to take advantage of the financial benefits offered under this program. Industry leaders anticipate a shift towards more sustainable housing projects nationwide.

The Future of Sustainable Housing:

Fannie Mae’s commitment to green financing underscores the importance of sustainability in the housing sector. It sets a powerful precedent for other financial institutions to follow suit, ultimately driving the demand for eco-friendly homes and encouraging innovation in sustainable construction.


Fannie Mae’s Green Financing initiative represents a significant step towards a more sustainable and environmentally responsible housing market. By providing incentives for green building practices and environmentally friendly homes, it not only benefits homeowners but also contributes to global efforts to combat climate change. As the program gains traction, we can expect a more sustainable and energy-efficient future for housing in the United States.

Michael Reible is a Managing Director with Green Capital Financing. As a Commercial Mortgage Broker and licensed Real Estate Broker with 25 years of experience, Mike and his team can meet any of your commercial real estate needs ∙ Member: USGBC | LEED Green Associate ∙ Licenses: (DRE 01909623) (MD 17097) (DC BR600242) (FL BK3535437)