The Clean Energy and Sustainable Affordable Housing Symposium held at District Hall on Nov. 3 drew a capacity crowd eager to learn about and discuss the latest information on energy efficiency, clean and renewable energy and water conservation.
The free event was sponsored by MassHousing, the City of Boston, and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, and held in partnership with Local Initiatives Support Corporation, New Ecology, Inc., WegoWise, and the Massachusetts Housing Partnership.
Over the coming year, MassHousing will be launching an effort, in collaboration with our customers, to raise the bar on how we incorporate a full range of sustainability principles—clean energy, water conservation, resiliency—into our work.
The symposium kicked off that effort with sessions on energy and water in multifamily buildings; energy and water management; and a networking and technology expo.
"I want to note that owners of affordable housing developments have been quick to adopt efficiency measures in their buildings," Undersecretary of the Department of Housing and Community Development Aaron Gornstein told the attendees. "Right now, about 75% of the affordable housing buildings in the state are using WegoWise to set benchmarks for energy and water use. Some owners are striving to reduce energy use to zero by using super-efficient shells and systems, combined with solar power. And our state and local policies, while not always perfect, acknowledge and encourage energy savings in this sector."