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Pathways to Zero: Tools for Carbon-Free Buildings, Districts, and Communities

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Putting the buildings sector on a pathway to zero carbon emissions is of critical importance.

And an increasing number of cities, states, developers, and building occupants are seeking the best ways to improve the performance of buildings while improving resilience, stimulating economic growth, and meeting ambitious environmental goals. RMI’s research series—Pathways to Zero: Tools for Carbon-Free Buildings, Districts, and Communities—helps to achieve these complimentary goals.

Tool #1
R-PACE: A Game-Changer for NZE Homes

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A $33 billion market opportunity in the U.S. for new net-zero energy (NZE) homes that can be scaled across the country with a special application of residential property assessed clean energy (R-PACE) financing.


By enabling R-PACE for new construction, city and state leaders can scale NZE and resilient homes that cut carbon emissions by incentivizing builders and developers to construct NZE homes at no up-front incremental cost while also offering their homeowners $1,635 in average energy savings year-on-year.

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