Eliminating emissions is the key to avoiding irreversible loss of ecosystems and crisis for our most disadvantaged people and communities. As housers, we have the opportunity to make a difference – to decarbonize. We can invest in energy efficiency and transition to clean energy sources.
A total reduction of emissions is a relatively new focus for construction that goes beyond just electrification or just energy efficiency – and there is no playbook. Leveraging more than 20 years of experience as industry leaders in equitable decarbonization, green building and climate resilience, we are leading a collaboration across the climate and affordable housing sectors to create new products and programs that will decarbonize 1.25 million homes by 2030.
Decarbonization must occur in an equitable manner so that communities of color and people with limited incomes do not bear the burden of this transition in higher costs down the line. We are committed to preparing the sector to take advantage of federal dollars available for decarbonization and critical building upgrades, while ensuring electrification does not harm residents and perpetuate racial inequities.
Equitable Decarbonization is just one pillar of our comprehensive response to climate change. Our Building Resilient Futures team is also leading the industry in Green Communities and Climate Risk Reduction.