Historically significant — and inefficient — buildings require extra care to preserve design while saving energy.
“When technologies don’t align with people’s needs, people don’t use them,” says Virginia Tech assistant professor Philip Agee.
Supporters are optimistic that the City Council will adopt a 2021 code expected to increase efficiency by 10%.
As St. Louis adopts a major building energy policy, Kansas City’s code update appears stuck in homebuilder politics.
A recent report analyzed links between emissions, poverty and housing stock in dozens of cities, including Minneapolis.