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Net-Zero Energy Buildings: Three career paths for students to revolutionize the built environment and decarbonize the energy sector

The net-zero energy (NZE) movement is gaining momentum, revolutionizing building design and construction and presenting new career opportunities for students. As a student myself with a strong interest in sustainable design and building science, I have been closely following the industry’s momentum. Trends that have arisen in the NZE movement…

FHA Should Reconsider Its About-Face—About PACE

Last week, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announced it will stop insuring new mortgages on homes with property assessed clean energy (PACE) loans. As to what motivated its decision—according to its letter to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development—the FHA is “concerned with the lack of consumer…

Rebuilding America and the “New Normal” of Resilience

This year’s hurricane season is the most expensive on record, with $202.6 billion in damages according to Bloomberg. These storms across the Atlantic had devastating impacts on people’s lives and homes, on communities, and on infrastructure in the hardest-hit areas. In fact, the damage from Hurricane Harvey is still…