Rising Demand: Iowans Embrace Building More Energy-Efficient Homes for Lower Utility Bills Amid a Changing Climate

Mark Kresowik, Senior Policy Director at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, discusses the projected savings for lower-income households under these updated standards. Tamara Brunow, a contractor based in Council Bluffs, emphasizes her approach to constructing homes that prioritize long-term affordability and sustainability for occupants, rather than focusing solely on short-term budget constraints.

According to IPR, on this episode of River to River, the need to climate-proof homes as temperatures rise. First, Iowa City resident, Del Holland, explains what it is like to live in a LEED-certified green home.

Then, Holly Edgell, of the Midwest Newsroom joins host Ben Kieffer to share how growing electricity costs and the need to climate-proof homes have prompted the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to adopt updated energy standards for new single and multi-family homes.

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