What’s stopping us from making the residential sector totally green?
The purpose of workshop #2 was to examine available residential green technologies that could reduce greenhouse gases dramatically and to explore barriers to the commercialization or deployment of these technologies.
The workbook for workshop #2 consisted of materials selected to support the discussion. It included reports produced by NAFTA’s Council for Environmental Cooperation (excerpts 1, and 2) and West Coast Environmental Law (excerpt 3). The reports offer an initial analysis of the type of barriers to innovation and change that are stopping us from making the residential sector green.
Workshop #2 took place on February 23 2009 and involved approximately 40 participants from industry, government agencies, and research bodies. It consisted of a review of the state-of-the-art technology in the residential sector, including net zero energy homes, and an analysis carried out by MBA students of selected government programs to promote residential energy efficiency. The workshop resulted in the identification of a series of barriers to making the residential sector green as summarized on a challenge map.