Green retrofitting is the practice of repairing or rehabilitating a building to include energy-saving or health-promoting features or both. Greening an existing building can make it more energy-efficient, bringing down utility costs for owners and tenants, or it can create a healthier indoor environment for residents, with fewer asthma and allergy triggers such as mold and chemicals.
Green retrofitting has been a part of housing development work in the sector for decades. Coupled with comprehensive design, green retrofitting offers infrastructure, energy and health benefits to its residents. Whether it be leveraged for single-family or multi-family homes, green housing is rather timely for the changes in our climate and a great housing preservation and community resilience strategy.
Affordable housing is becoming increasingly hard to find throughout many growing cities around the country. Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) offer an alternative to customary housing units, taking the form of basement apartments, living units above the garage, new detached units, or ‘tiny houses’ built in the backyard of an existing home.
Read our Letter from the Editor to learn how CDFIs are supporting tenants rights and organizing efforts.
The LISC Institute asked Robert Wohl of LECD, a DC group that supports tenants through education and organizing, why organizing is an important tool to protect tenants, and what he thinks are some new policies and practices that will help LECD continue to do their work.