Earlier this month, CHBA CEO Kevin Lee testified before the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources as part of its study on the effects of transitioning to a low carbon economy. Over the fall the Committee will be studying the built environment, with a report due in the Spring.
Lee’s remarks focused on ensuring that improving energy efficiency and addressing climate change doesn’t come at the cost of reduced housing affordability. He stated that federally supported innovation and R&D are required. The federal priority for housing and the environment should be a single simple but extremely important goal: let’s build better houses for the same price or less.
Lee also emphasized the need to focus on the real opportunity for energy improvements in housing—the existing housing stock—and advanced CHBA’s recommendation for an energy retrofit tax credit.
Watch CHBA’s opening remarks to the Committee on Energy, Environment and Natural Resources
Watch CHBA Q&A during Committee meeting on Energy, Environment & Natural Resources