Climate change will have significant impacts on indoor cooling needs in New York City, particularly for vulnerable communities who will see disproportionate health, economic, and other effects. This session will describe the key findings and recommendations from a recent NYSERDA-sponsored project. The project investigated how current cooling usage patterns will change based on climate change and committed building energy efficiency goals, and evaluated the impacts of different technology and policy options to meet future residential cooling needs while minimizing increases in energy use. In addition, the team interviewed experts to understand the challenges with implementing equitable cooling solutions today and how to overcome these known barriers.
- Assess the health, comfort, and safety challenges that vulnerable populations face during the summer months in NYC and other areas.
- Analyze the opportunities and limitations for technology and policy solutions to address cooling equity.
- Compare different solutions in terms of their impact on vulnerable residents, impact on the electrical grid, annual costs, relative cost-effectiveness, and feasibility.
- Plan for further action around expanding cooling equity in NYC through policy, building codes, and community action programs.