Communities of majority Black, Indigenous or other people of color, as well as low-income communities, are already producing the highest numbers and ratios of affordable units: Upzoning increases gentrification in these communities

The report found that communities that are made up of majority Black, Indigenous or other people of color, as well as low-income communities, are already producing the highest number of affordable units as well as the highest ratio of affordable to market-rate units without rezoning. In comparison, the largest number of communities with an affordable housing ratio lower than 19% …

Architects and Households Declare: We need a just and fair transition to limiting our emissions in a way that doesn’t exclude households unable to pay or push even more people into fuel poverty. Demand is growing to see Net Zero carbon emissions delivered.

Households Declare Is a New Campaign to Fix Housing: This British campaign should be copied in North America. Households Declare! is demanding the housing stock in the United Kingdom be fixed. Its mission: “We need a just and fair transition to limiting our emissions in a way that doesn’t exclude households unable to pay or push even more people into …

The Rise of Reach Codes

EPIC Energy Blog,  August 16, 2021 by Marc Steele, The Rise of Reach Codes Last week, the California Energy Commission (CEC) adopted energy efficiency standards to be included in the 2022 state building standards (Title 24, Part 6). The new energy code will further increase building energy efficiency and reduce emissions from California buildings when they go into effect January 1, 2023. But what will …

71 percent of voters support federal rebates for purchase and installation of zero emission and energy efficient appliances. Zero-Emission Homes Act would do it.

From Laura at Rewiring America, July 2021: Only 15 percent of respondents said that they believed their homes produced “a lot” of carbon emissions. And even those who do realize how important it is to replace their fossil fuel-burning machines with electric vehicles, heat pumps, induction stoves, and other appliances may not be able to afford them — not without …

GAF Energy invests in integrated solar rooftops, adds US manufacturing jobs

“It’s all about “American jobs, getting the facility in place, hiring locally and promoting U.S. solar.” Eric Wesoff11 May 2021, https://www.canarymedia.com/articles/gaf-energy-growing-integrated-solar-rooftops-and-us-manufacturing-jobs/ Last week, we reported that GAF Energy (part of GAF, one of the world’s largest roofing companies) has installed over 2,000 integrated solar roofs — more deployments than the higher-profile Tesla has managed to pull off for its solar …

DOE says new building codes to cut energy costs by $138B, but EV backers see failure to advance charging

July 28, 2021, Robert Walton, Utility Dive Updated building codes would save U.S. homes and businesses $138 billion in energy costs over the next three decades, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) concluded on July 21. However, electric vehicle advocates see a missed opportunity to advance charging infrastructure with the new rules. The International Code Council (ICC) finalized building codes in 2020, …

Turning Buildings Into Power Plants: Rooftops are 15-35% of urban land area and buildings are up to 40% of our electricity use

Solar City? Turning Buildings Into Power Plants, Developments from research labs and the renewables sector are driving new trends in urban design, Forbes, Laurie Winkless, https://www.forbes.com/sites/lauriewinkless/2021/04/20/solar-city- In the past decade, the price of electricity generated by renewables has plummeted, and solar power has led the way. The staggering 89 % drop – from $359 per MWh in 2009, to $40 in …

There could be 2 billion parking stalls in the US, in L.A. that’s more land area than housing. In Des Moines there are 19 spaces per household. In Jackson WY it is 27 spaces per household, costing over $192K per household. Parking covers 5 percent of the US, often empty, lost potential.

https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2019/11/27/parking-dominates-our-cities-but-do-we-really-see-it I’m gonna start this one out with a bold thesis: Parking is the dominant physical feature of the postwar American city. Not homes. Not strip malls. Not streets, highways, or stroads. Parking. We have a lot of the stuff. A few superlatives can express the sheer amount: There are somewhere between 800 million and 2 billion parking stalls in …

Extreme impacts, but all new housing in Tucson must have outlets for EVs. Tree shade can reduce temps by 10 degrees F

From The Climate Mobilization, July 2021: Destructive heat waves in the Northwest cooked shellfish on the shore and are estimated to have killed more than a billion marine animals. Hundreds of people, including unhoused individuals, elderly people and farm workers, died in the U.S. and Canada during the heatwave.  Already an endangered species, salmon in the Sacramento river may not survive …