CCI’s Advocacy Work
CCI understands the importance of identifying and removing barriers to advancement of healthy homes for people at all income levels and for both those who rent and those who own their home. We benchmark innovative actions, trends, and best practices around the country and beyond to understand where we can be “doing better” in our region and how to do it.
At CCI, we communicate and educate about issues in order to advocate for change. Our Advocacy work focuses on several key areas/strategies that all spring from one core objective: To actively support efforts to increase residential energy efficiency and home performance improvements locally, statewide and nationally.
We support increased energy efficiency programs and more renewable energy opportunities for our Commonwealth’s residents. Whether the Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP), utility-led efforts like Act 129, or robust deployment of renewable energy like the state’s goal to generate in-state solar electricity equal to 10% of total electric produced in PA, we encourage energy independence, carbon reductions and local jobs and industry for efficiency. We advocate for a fair, thoughtful and balanced transition for traditional energy workers and organizations.
We are pushing for residential energy efficiency to be incorporated with and transparent in home value, especially at the time of real estate transactions. CCI strives to work with the local real estate appraisal and real estate brokerage professionals to promote green fields in the multi-listing and to boost adoption of the Department of Energy’s Home Energy Score (HES) metric. Increasingly, we are seeking ways to help renters understand their anticipated energy bills before signing a lease, especially for lower-income households.
CCI encourages exploration of increased financing options for energy efficiency and home performance improvements for low-income and middle-income residents. This ranges from encouraging local banks to use Fannie Mae’s HomeStyle Energy Efficiency Mortgage, to supporting sustained and/or increased funding for the Act 129 electric energy conservation program and for Low Income Heating Assistance Program, to monitoring on-bill payment and commercial and residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) efforts around the country.
We support healthy, high-performing homes. CCI believes in using building science and health research to drive policies to foster healthier homes in which occupants know the levels and hazards of carbon monoxide, radon, lead paint, mold and gas leaks in their homes.