New partnership promotes scalable zero-carbon retrofits for multifamily buildings

America’s 125 million residential units account for approximately 20 percent of the country’s total carbon emissions, but only roughly 12,500 of these units (0.01 percent) are operating at net zero energy, according to the Net Zero Energy Coalition. A partnership between the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and the California Energy Commission (CEC) will work on a better process for zero-carbon retrofits in the multifamily home sector. The three-year collaboration will span across California, Minnesota, and Massachusetts to develop pilot projects, totaling 500,000 square feet in multifamily buildings for an industrialized approach to conducting zero-emissions retrofits.

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