10 May '18, 9pm

Social Equity, Affordable Housing, and the Net-Zero Energy Opportunity

Social Equity, Affordable Housing, and the Net-Zero Energy Opportunity May 9, 2018 | By Kelly Vaughn Think of a net-zero energy (NZE) home, and it’s likely that you imagine a single-family house in a well-to-do neighborhood, with a roof covered in solar panels and an electric car parked in the driveway. This is a pleasant picture, but it highlights two underlying assumptions many of us have: that NZE homes are available only to the wealthy, and that new-build, single-family homes in nonurban settings are best suited for NZE. A panel of experts who convened at the 2018 Getting to Zero National Forum , April 17–19 in Pittsburgh, posited that NZE residences can—and should—create the greatest benefits to the populations who we perceive can afford them the least. And, if the NZE industry is going to be successful in the long run, social equity needs to be central to how municip...

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