Energy efficiency has becoming a critical concern in our daily lives for a variety of reasons including saving money, reducing environmental impacts, extending global energy supplies, as well as a long list of others. The responsibility for furthering energy efficiency goals is shared by individuals, businesses, and, regulators as the implications affect us all at every increasing levels. There are things that everyone can do to help save energy though education, mindfulness, and action.
America is undergoing a housing crisis with affordable housing being harder to find for many Americans. There are various social programs that helps provide housing to low income families who struggle to produce income that allows for keeping up with ever increasing housing costs each with its pros and cons. Households with low-income or affordable status spend three to five times as much on utility costs alone than households with median income levels. Those with affordable housing status also often live in older buildings with aging infrastructure that has been poorly maintained. There are many unique challenges to overcome when bringing energy efficiency and affordable housing to everyone.
In 2005, the green nonresidential building industry in the US was estimated to be worth about $3 billion. By 2015, it was estimated to be worth between $120 and $145 billion. Energy specialists like Steve have emerged in recent years as leaders in the drive for more efficienct buildings. Through a combination of advanced energy modeling software, energy benchmarking, efficiency certifications and energy testing, green building has been propelled into the mainstream of the construction industry. Steve specializes in the affordable housing sector in the DC metro area and engages in both new construction and retrofit projects with his residential team.
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Steve Hearn graduated from James Madison University's Integrated Science and Technology (ISAT) program in 2003 with a concentration in energy. After graduating, Steve has spent his nearly 17 year career working on energy efficiency, construction and green building. As the Project Manager for Lilker EMO's Residential division, he oversees all production, marketing, client management, and project development for his team. Steve is an AEE Certified Energy Manager (CEM), RESNET Certified HERS rater, Building Performace Institue Multifamily Building Analyst and is considered one of the top energy auditors in the DC metro area by the state of Maryland.