GREENSBORO, N.C. (3/21/11)--North Carolina credit union representatives joined leaders in the home-building industry on Tuesday to discuss home energy-efficiency standards at the Inaugural North Carolina Energy Efficiency Alliance (NCEEA) Summit in Cary, N.C. The event was hosted by the North Carolina Energy Office, Appalachian State University, Advanced Energy and Southern Energy Management, said the North Carolina Credit Union League (Weekly Update March 18). The NCEEA Summit brings together leaders from the home building industry to discuss ways to bring affordable, energy-efficient housing to North Carolinians. Its goal is to create at least 2,500 Energy Star-rated homes in the next 12 months. Representing the mortgage lending industry at the summit, three credit union representatives told how the NCEEA can market “green loans” to new home buyers. The representatives were: Spencer Scarboro, senior vice president of mortgage lending at State Employees’ CU, Raleigh; Melissa Malkin-Weber, green initiatives manager at Self-Help CU, Durham; and Mickey Fanney, director of political affairs with the North Carolina Credit Union League. The summit focused on what is going right and wrong in home buying, and what can be done to help promote energy-efficient housing to new home buyers. Others that were represented included: home appraisers, mortgage lenders, real estate agents, home energy raters, builders, utilities and NCEEA partners. Self-Help CU has been a longtime advocate for affordable energy efficiency building practices for low- and moderate-income homeowners, said Malkin-Weber, adding there is great value in promoting energy-efficient housing. “These are folks who often pay a disproportionate amount of their income towards utility bills,” Malkin-Weber told the league. “I hope the industry will take a lead in this really important sector.” The group will provide results to summit participants soon.