Equity & Carbon Database for Multifamily Housing
A year-long effort to increase access to equity-focused data and reduce discrimination as the industry works to decarbonize affordable housing.
To develop a research strategy for data collection and a detailed business plan, which will guide the creation of an intersectional, anti-racist, database of low-carbon multifamily housing that incorporates information and perspectives from affordable housing residents, especially people of color and low-income communities.
The problem we’re trying to solve:
This project stems from an awareness that existing building energy and decarbonization data sources often suffer from the fact that:
▪ bias is often baked into data collection and analysis which guides policy
▪ building energy disclosure policies can have poor data quality
▪ self-reporting can lead to low participation
▪ specific datasets may be challenging or impossible to access
Why this problem is worth solving:
▪ To achieve a just transition to a clean energy economy, equity must be prioritized and considered at each stage of any decision-making process
▪ Increasingly, building industry stakeholders are looking at a range of indicators – such as performance, carbon emissions, as well as social metrics – to inform decisions ranging from investments, to capital planning, to underwriting, to fines and incentives
▪ Having access to reliable building data – including social and equity metrics – is key to driving equitable market transformation within the housing sector. There is currently a gap in the availability of these social and equity metrics needed for a just transition
▪ Creating a data collection framework to ensure bias is not reinforced by these metrics is essential to increase equity and reduce discrimination as we decarbonize the building sector
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