Pragmatists for Clean Air and Building without Gas

CASE STUDY: DIAMOND RAIL – ALL-ELECTRIC VS. TYPICAL Diamond Rail (v.4)  Diamond Rail is Giv Group’s fourth (v.4) all-electric multifamily design. Site: 535 West 300 North, Salt Lake City, UT 84116 Status: Ground broke February 2020 Units: 80 (Studio – Three Bedroom) Affordability:  68% Affordable (25-50% AMI), 32% Market HVAC System: Cold-weather mini-split Water Heating: Centralized hybrid electric tank w/ unit meters  Project Savings (before rebates): $133,434.32 …

Single family housing that keeps multi-family out is exclusionary and extends homelessness

Exclusionary zoning such as single-family zoning makes it illegal to build anything other than single-family homes and is prevalent in suburbs. Single-family homes are more expensive than apartments, townhomes, or duplexes, and that makes rent costly, too. Even in mixed use residential districts  ordained minimum lot sizes can force larger and more expensive units. ** Feb 2021 on vox.com https://www.vox.com/22252625/america-racist-housing-rules-how-to-fix This is …

Tiny home villages, affordable housing and transit oriented development expanding

A tiny home village opened in the Cole neighborhood in late 2020 The researchers’ latest assessment compared village residents to a control group of people experiencing homelessness over a year that ended in October and included the pandemic. The researchers found that villagers were four times more likely to be working or in school and reported lower levels of anxiety, …

CU Boulder RASEI Decarbonization Report December 2020

Jeffrey Logan, associate director for policy and analysis at RASEI and co-author of the report, each sector contains policy options that offer practical building blocks for federal, state and local government decision-makers.  https://www.colorado.edu/today/2020/12/16/report-outlines-solutions-curbing-us-carbon-emissions Researchers at CU Boulder’s Renewable & Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI) on Thursday released a report outlining key steps the U.S. can take to drive carbon dioxide emissions to zero.  …

Just recovery policies

Foundations for a Just Recovery Many of the policy solutions we advocate for a just recovery are cross-cutting by nature. They aim to shift mindsets, cultural norms, how people are treated, how our voices are heard, and how bedrock environmental laws are upheld, creating an overarching structure from which to fight for social, environmental, and economic justice. Honor those whose …

President Trump told suburban voters that affordable housing would hurt property values and increase crime. The story of one Wisconsin community challenges those assumptions.

Residents Feared Low-Income Housing Would Ruin Their Suburb. It Didn’t. Research has shown that tax-credit properties generally do not increase crime in affluent communities. They also tend to have little effect on property values in wealthy neighborhoods Most working-age, able-bodied people receiving government assistance for housing have jobs or were recently employed, according to a report by the Center on Budget and Policy …

Low-Income Households Pay More for Energy, but Efficiency Can Help

With bans on utility shutoffs during the COVID-19 pandemic expiring, action is needed to ease the energy burdens of at-risk communities. By Ariel Drehobl, US News, Sept 30, 2020 How Energy Efficiency Can Help Those With Lower IncomesMore Energy efficiency and weatherization can help ease the burdens of millions of struggling families. PAY THE ELECTRIC BILL or the mortgage? Run the air …

How Sweden Is Transforming Homes Into Power Stations

One example is in the city of Ludivika where 1970s flats have recently been retrofitted with the latest smart energy technology. 48 family apartments spread across 3 buildings have been given photovoltaic solar panels, thermal energy storage and heat pump systems. A micro energy grid connects it all, and helps charge electric cars overnight. The result is a cluster of ‘prosumer’ …

29-43% of renter households, could be at risk of eviction by the end of the year, and people of color are most at risk

Thirty-one percent of Black renters reported they were unable to pay rent in July compared to 28% of Latinx renters and 14% of White renters, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-CA, said during a Friday virtual town hall hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus. Thirty to forty million people, or 29-43% of renter households, could be at risk of eviction by the end of the year, …