A Short Guide to Setting Up a City-Scale Retrofit Program /
By: Ho, Stacy | Green for All
Contributor(s): Rhodes-Conway, SatyaPublisher: Oakland, CA Green For All 2010Description: PDFSubject(s): Dwellings Energy Conservation - United States | Housing Environmental Aspects | Sustainable Development United States | Low Income Groups Housing | Renewable Energy Sources | Energy Conservation | Green Industries | Household Appliances Efficiency | Ecologically Sustainable Development | Disadvantaged Groups | Labour Market Programs | Environment | Green For AllOnline Resources: Electronic copy
Buildings represent 38.9% of U.S. primary energy use and 38% of all CO2 emissions in the U.S. Though simple, relatively low-cost measures such as insulation, and lighting upgrades can be done in almost every building to reduce energy use and save money on utility bills, current retrofitting program capacity is limited. Most existing programs are either available only to income-eligible individuals or those with the money up-front to do the work. Furthermore, many current retrofitting programs only create low-wage, short-term jobs rather than providing pathways into sustainable careers in construction and green building.