2019 Program Archive: Measuring the Climate Resilience of Affordable Housing Stock

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Measuring the Climate Resilience of Affordable Housing Stock

Melissa Deas
Government of the District of Columbia
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Concurrent Sessions 4
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In 2016 the District of Columbia released Climate Ready DC, a plan to make the District more resilient to future climate change. Recognizing that climate change will have the greatest impact on the most economically and physically vulnerable residents, the DC Department of Energy and Environment set out in 2017 to create and implement a tool to assess the vulnerability of the District’s affordable housing stock to the impacts of climate change. A grant was awarded to a team led by Enterprise Community Partners to develop an assessment tool that would enable users to evaluate a property’s potential vulnerability, identify resilience upgrades, including the installation of solar plus battery storage systems, and deploy the tool on 20 properties across the District. The tool has since been completed and is available as a public resource.

Join staff from DC’s Department of Energy and Environment and the grant team who developed and implemented the tool with representatives from Enterprise and New Ecology for an interactive workshop. You will learn about how the tool was developed and lessons learned along the way, with a chance to apply the assessment tool to a sample building. Attendees will leave ready to apply this tool to properties in their own community or portfolio.

Cross-Cutting Themes: 
Incorporating Resiliency into the Existing Affordable Housing Stock
Kathleen Berube, National Housing Trust
Measuring the Climate Resilience of DC’s Affordable Housing Stock
Melissa Deas, DC Department of Energy and Environment
Resilience in Vulnerable Communities
Frederick Zindell, Enterprise Community Partners
Multifamily Resilience Assessments
Tom Chase, New Ecology Inc.