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Green DC Agenda - Homes


Sustainable, healthy places to live and grow. District homes will be energy-efficient and manage stormwater on site. They will be free of health and safety threats in the air, water, food, soil, or the structures themselves. The District Government will promote healthy homes with information, technical services and financial assistance to help residents save money and protect our environment.

Key Agenda Commitments

  • All new affordable housing developed by or funded by the District Government will meet the Green Communities design and building standards including energy and water efficiency, and indoor air quality.
  • Expansion of the Renewable Energy Incentive Program to provide rebates for solar thermal water and space heating, geothermal, small wind, biomass and methane-recovery systems on residences, businesses and institutions.
  • Proactive identification of lead hazards in housing pursuant to recently passed District legislation. When hazards are found, action will be taken to require property owners to eliminate lead hazards. 
  • Free “Backyard Habitat” workshops to educate residents on methods to create wildlife habitat in their yards through lectures, hands-on participation in a demonstration project and "habitat kits" for all participants.

Current Successes

  • Citywide, single-stream, weekly curbside residential recycling program recently expanded to include plastic bags, rigid plastics and wide-mouth plastic containers.
  • Free comprehensive home energy audits for single-family homes through the Home Energy Rating System program.
  • New energy efficiency building codes (effective January 2010) will improve residential efficiency by 30 percent over prior residential codes.
  • Free comprehensive RiverSmart Homes audits and up to $1,200 in financial support to install rain barrels, rain gardens and other systems to treat stormwater runoff onsite.
  • Renewable Energy Incentive Program provides rebates for installing solar photovoltaic systems at homes and businesses (varies by system size with a max rebate of $33,000).
  • Free energy audits and financial assistance to implement selected energy conservation measures to make qualified low-income residences more energy efficient.

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