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Peer Diffusion - Driving Energy Upgrades in Communities Worldwide

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Did you see the new light bulbs your neighbor installed last month? How about the solar panels across the street? Feeling like you’re missing out on “must have” energy upgrades turns out to be one of the most surefire drivers of residential energy efficiency in American markets and abroad. A seminal study from the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and Building …


Why isn’t RAD Working for Everyone?

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) website reports a $26 billion backlog of deferred maintenance for public housing nationwide. The backlog represents thousands of households living in run-down and inefficient buildings—conditions which lead to higher healthcare and utility costs, increasing stress on low-income communities. Clearly there is a need to be addressed, and one of the solutions …

Energy Efficiency Spending in Multifamily Housing Triples in Four Years

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Energy efficiency programs have long failed to serve the multifamily housing sector due to several barriers to entry. With nearly 21 million (one in six) American households living in apartments or other multifamily buildings, this failure is widespread. However, some encouraging news was detailed in ACEEE’s new report: utility-sector energy efficiency programs that serve multifamily housing properties have nearly tripled …

Clean Energy is not a Priority for Trump, Leaving Market Forces to Drive Progress

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Despite the Trump Administration’s clear support for the fossil fuel industry, the renewable energy sector remains optimistic as the President forges ahead on his to-do list. Surprisingly, the list of infrastructure projects cherry-picked by the Trump Administration for their support includes multiple clean energy projects. While these projects are mostly state or privately-funded, the potential support in the form of …

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The Need for Energy Equity in Multifamily Housing

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The cost of utilities in the US hits the poorest households the hardest. This is especially true for residents that live in multifamily (MF) housing, where many buildings are not updated to meet energy and water efficiency standards. Low-income households in the US pay approximately three times the amount for utilities than average earning households. As technology progresses–enabling energy and …

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Part 2: Overcoming Barriers to Achieving Sustainable and Affordable Housing

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Achieving higher efficiency standards for multifamily (MF) housing in the US could be a game changer that not only provides billions of dollars in economic benefit but also significantly improves the standard of living for millions of people.  In a 2014 study, the McKinsey Global Institute argues that the housing industry would need to cut costs by about 30% to …

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Part 1: Barriers to Achieving Sustainable and Affordable Housing

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Census data shows that nearly 60% of multifamily (MF) properties were built before 1980, and more than half of MF rental units available are at least 50 years old. These aging properties are inefficient and often in need of significant rehab. A National Resource Defense Council study estimated $6.5 billion of net benefit (after accounting for costs) is achievable by …