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February 12, 2014
At a press conference announcing his picks for senior housing agency positions, Mayor de Blasio flagged the need for retooling public housing to make it energy-efficient. The New York Times quoted the Mayor as saying, “It’s a total reset”. While this embrace of energy efficiency as part of his campaign for significantly expanding the City’s stock of affordable housing, is something to cheer about, it will not be a “total reset” because it will be building on the pioneering work of other can-do, affordable housing visionaries. What the Mayor’s engagement can do is scale up new construction and rehabbing of affordable homes to make energy efficiency and fuel economy the new normal. He can end forever the critics’ claim that climate friendly, energy efficient housing is a luxury American cities can’t afford.
Gatekeepers: Unsung Heroes Of A Smart Economy?
March 02, 2014
Ever had to personally refurbish a house? Ever had to think of buying windows, replacing the old roof with a new one or changing the heating system? Have you taken energy efficiency and climate emissions into consideration when making these decisions? Anyone who has gone through all this knows the right answers and solutions can be hard to come by.
Although it is well-known that the most efficient way to cut residential carbon emissions is through thoughtful building renovations, it is far from common practice. The challenge is that these potential improvements require decisions by millions of people in homes and at workplaces — people who usually don't feel themselves very competent in the area of energy efficiency. Adequate policy measures are rare: traditional public awareness campaigns are rarely nimble and voluntary participation makes their impact is slow, but introducing ambitious building performance norms for already existing building stock often faces strong opposition.