My time as a Building Science Engineer in Program 204, Advanced Buildings at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) instilled in me many valuable lessons about this field. First, research requires one to challenge the canon.
Low-income (LI) and disadvantaged communities reside in a myriad of different housing structures, abide by different regulations placed by different entities, and require different energy-efficient solutions to contribute to the decarbonization movement.
Before I answer this question, it’s important to understand how low-income (LI) households are defined. There are two federal metrics on the least amount of income a person or family requires to meet their basic needs - poverty thresholds and poverty guidelines.
I write this after attending the Pathways to Decarbonization in the Western U.S. Symposium, co-hosted by EPRI, the California Energy Commission (CEC), UC Berkeley’s Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) and the Banatao Institute.