Reducing Greenhouse Gases and Utility Bills

January 13, 2015

With a new design for low-income homes, we're putting sustainability and affordability under one roof.

Housing is costly. Tens of thousands of energy-inefficient homes strain family pocketbooks and take a toll on the environment. So we set out to architect a new reality. Working with low-income neighborhoods and Habitat for Humanity, the University of Minnesota is designing affordable homes that produce as much energy as they use - drastically reducing utility bills, harmful greenhouse gases and the hurdles to home ownership. It's one more way the future is being Made in Minnesota.

  • 25% of people live in conditions that harm their health, safety, prosperity and opportunities.
  • Net zero homes will help the U.S. reach its goal of reducing greenhouse emissions 17% by 2020.
  • 1 in 4 Minnesota homes lack adequate insulation.
  • 2 billion people throughout the world live in slum housing.

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