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GOAL 1: DALLAS' BUILDINGS ARE ENERGY-EFFICIENT AND CLIMATE RESILIENT

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Targets

-100% NEW CONSTRUCTION WILL BE NET ZERO ENERGY FROM 2030

 

-EXISTING RESIDENTIAL HOMES REDUCE ENERGY USE 10% AND 25% BY 2030 AND 2050, RESPECTIVELY

 Quarter 2 Progress

Reported April 2021

The combined building and energy sectors account for the highest percentage of GHG emissions in Dallas (64%). In FY 20-21, six actions from this sector will be initiated, with 16 identified milestones. These actions include expansion of existing programs and efforts, as well as updates to existing codes and ordinances. Interdepartmental collaboration will include Building Services, Aviation, Office of the Bond Program, Housing & Neighborhood Revitalization, and the Office of Environmental Quality & Sustainability. 

View the full Year One Work Plan here.

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COMPLETE

2.   Maintain Level 3 carbon accreditation at DFW.

1.   Maintain Level 2 accreditation at Love Field Airport.

1.   Develop a criteria rubric for resilience hubs.

2.   Identify potential resilience hubs.

B2:

Achieve Level 3+ Airport Carbon Accreditation at Love Field for carbon neutral operations, maintain accreditation for DFW and pursue for Dallas Executive Airport

B15:

Evaluate potential city-owned properties for the creation of "resilience hubs."

IN PROGRESS

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1. Conduct energy benchmarking for City facilities.

2. Establish an inter-departmental energy committee.

3. Initiate a citywide energy management system.

4. Initiate energy audits to identify retrofit opportunities.

5. Begin implementing no cost to low cost retrofits and efficiency improvements identified from energy audits.

6. Initiate renewable energy feasibility study to identify suitable locations for installing solar photovoltaic panels on City of Dallas facilities.

B5:

Identify new financing mechanisms to accelerate energy efficiency improvements in existing buildings.

Expand participation in the City's existing PACE financing program.

B7:

Increase participation and scope of the Dallas Green Business Certification Program.

1. Evaluate existing program for participation and effectiveness.

2. Partner with Chambers of Commerce to increase awareness and participation in the program.

B11:

Update the Building Code to require wiring conduits for solar photovoltaics and electric vehicle charging infrastructure in

new construction.

1. Develop a list of building codes related to solar photovoltaics and EV charging.

2. Initiate building code updates upon completion of the NCTCOG 2021 Code Update process.

B15:

Evaluate potential city-owned properties for the creation of "resilience hubs."

B1:

Demonstrate leadership in developing a carbon neutrality plan for municipal operations.

Evaluate viability of potential resilience hubs.

Resources for Residents

1 Lower your utility costs through the Dallas County Health and Human Services’ Weatherization Assistance Program, which provides assistance to income eligible households by weatherizing their homes.

Weatherization and energy-related minor home repairs can also be funded through the Federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

 

3 Join the DFW Solar Tour to learn how your neighbors—homeowners and businesses alike—are using solar energy, wind energy, energy efficiency, and other sustainable technologies to save money and consume less of our natural resources

Resources for Businesses

1 Harness the PACE financing program to access low-cost loans for water conservation, energy efficiency, and/or renewable retrofits—available to owners of commercial, industrial, and multi-family residential properties (5 or more units).

Owners of multi-family properties (5 or more units) can access discounted interest rates to finance a variety of energy and water efficiency upgrades through the Fannie Mae Green Initiative.

 

3 Business owners can enroll in the no-cost Commercial Solutions Program to identify energy-saving opportunities and receive incentives for qualifying appliance upgrades or building retrofits.