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     121  0 Kommentare This Invention Could Reduce the Carbon Footprint of Old Buildings Without Displacing Residents

    Two startups that received Wells Fargo Foundation support are fostering new technology with immense potential to modernize buildings and improve people's lives.NORTHAMPTON, MA / ACCESSWIRE / June 17, 2024 / Upstate New York's snowy winters don't get …

    Two startups that received Wells Fargo Foundation support are fostering new technology with immense potential to modernize buildings and improve people's lives.

    NORTHAMPTON, MA / ACCESSWIRE / June 17, 2024 / Upstate New York's snowy winters don't get to Dason Motayne, but the sweltering summers, which outcompete his mid-century apartment's air conditioning, do.

    "I think [my AC] is about to die," he said. "It's an old building, so it's hard to regulate it in the summertime."

    That old building - the 418 Fabius senior public housing complex in Syracuse, New York - is far from unique. It was built in the 1950s, a time when the U.S. government authorized a huge influx of some 135,000 units of public housing per year. In 2018, inspectors found more than one in four public housing units were in a state of disrepair (PDF). Whether due to poor insulation or little to no air conditioning, these public housing buildings struggle with cooling, which means that the disproportionately older and chronically ill residents are more vulnerable to poor indoor air quality and worsening heat waves.

    Unfortunately, these types of public housing buildings have seen fewer investments or innovations that could make them more comfortable - and more environmentally sustainable, said Bill Simmons, executive director of Syracuse Housing Authority, which owns 418 Fabius.

    "Who's there to speak for the little guy to say, ‘Let's try it here in public housing,' where we could benefit and our resources are very, very scarce?" Simmons said.

    Enter David Goldstein. Together with Lisa Hart, a public health analyst and grants manager at Syracuse Housing Authority, Goldstein is hoping to use public housing as a place to demonstrate a new innovation that could enhance aging buildings around the globe.

    "Heating and cooling are major factors deciding quality of life around the world," Hart said. "It's the marginalized, the lowest income population who'd be able to benefit first from this project."

    How can occupied buildings be retrofitted for a net-zero future?

    In Queens, 250 miles from Syracuse, Goldstein looks out the window of his home office and sees our heating-cooling problem - and a potential solution.

    "I have a nice view of Manhattan, and even in just New York City, there are literally hundreds of thousands of buildings that need to be retrofitted if we want to be net-zero by 2050," he said. "We're just not going to do open-heart surgery on all these buildings."

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    This Invention Could Reduce the Carbon Footprint of Old Buildings Without Displacing Residents Two startups that received Wells Fargo Foundation support are fostering new technology with immense potential to modernize buildings and improve people's lives.NORTHAMPTON, MA / ACCESSWIRE / June 17, 2024 / Upstate New York's snowy winters don't get …