REPORTEnergy Efficiency In Rental Housing
Improving energy efficiency in rental units is critical to reduce emissions and improve tenant health and comfort. But as a policy goal, it faces tensions and concerns of unintended consequences. However, neglecting energy efficiency upgrades in an attempt to keep housing affordable leads to inadequate housing quality. And, it does little to challenge the market dynamics driving the loss of affordable housing in private markets.
🔑 Key insights:
- Tensions between energy efficiency and tenant rights are not inevitable.
- Potential trade-offs can be avoided through compatible combinations of policies.
- A ‘policy mix’ approach can lead to higher building performance while enhancing tenant rights.