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Encouraging Sustainable and Equitable Upgrades to New York City’s Affordable Housing Stock

dc.contributor.advisor Yates, Andrew James
dc.contributor.author Hou, Ying
dc.contributor.author Quinlan, Maureen
dc.date.accessioned 2013-04-26T19:53:46Z
dc.date.available 2013-04-26T19:53:46Z
dc.date.issued 2013-04-26
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10161/6914
dc.description.abstract This study offers a qualitative appraisal of the interaction between affordable housing policies and energy efficiency in New York City. We summarize key affordable housing policies and energy efficiency programs at the federal, state and local levels, profile relevant government organizations, and assess the current efficiency potential in New York City's affordable housing stock. We identify confounding informational, financial, and policy barriers that prevent the full realization of this technical potential. These major barriers include: a lack of affordable housing energy performance data, a lack of information about existing funding resources, misalignment between housing subsidies and energy conservation, substantial upfront investment and transaction costs, underfunding of existing efficiency programs, and the tenant-landlord split incentive. Lastly, we recommend strategies to enhance the energy performance of affordable housing in New York City through policy interventions that benefit both tenants and building owners. This research will be utilized by BetterBuildingsNY to inform their building advocacy efforts.
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.subject Affordable Housing
dc.subject Energy Efficiency
dc.subject New York City
dc.title Encouraging Sustainable and Equitable Upgrades to New York City’s Affordable Housing Stock
dc.type Master's project
dc.department Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences


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