Energy efficient affordable housing: Now that's just plain smart

Wed, 2015-02-04 06:00 -- SCC Staff

A post by Philip Henderson on the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) blog points out how much value cities get when they improve the energy efficiency of affordable housing.

The post was written on the heels of the announcement last week that the Obama Administration and state of California are partnering on initiatives –- with financial assists -- to drive renewable energy and energy efficiency in multi-family housing.

Multiple benefits
It's not difficult to understand why making buildings in general more energy efficient makes sense for utilities in terms of planning and meeting peak demand. But Henderson suggests the big surprise is in the multiple benefits to local communities that occur when you make affordable housing more energy efficient. His examples include:

    • Affordable housing becomes more affordable, due to reduced utility bills
    • Better health outcomes for residents, due to reduced mold and particulates in indoor air
    • More jobs, due both to the efficiency work itself and when money saved on utility bills is pumped back into the local economy

You can read the full post on the NRDC blog. NRDC is a member of the Council's Advisory Board.

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