Residential buildings use 38 percent of total U.S. electricity and account for one-fifth of the nation’s carbon dioxide emissions. By 2050, an estimated 20 billion new square feet of home construction can either increase this footprint, or–through drastic improvements in energy efficiency–they can begin to transform the country’s housing sector to be sustainable, healthy, and affordable.
RMI’s Superefficient Housing Initiative (SHI) seeks to mainstream superefficiency in new residential design and construction, aiming to deliver housing that is at least 60 percent more efficient than today’s code at comparable costs.
SHI’s efforts have helped build healthy, low-cost, and comfortable single-family and multifamily units in:
- Affordable housing
- Campus housing
- Workforce housing
- Military housing
- Private housing developments at scale
SHI employs a three-pronged approach in its efforts: collaboration, innovation, transformation.