The Built Environment
Deploying a market-based approach to help building owners and homeowners take action on climate change.
More than one-third of worldwide energy is consumed in buildings, accounting for more than 15 percent of global carbon emissions. In large cities, building energy use can account for up to 80 percent of carbon emissions. The built environment is therefore a critical part of the climate change problem – and a solution. Reducing building energy use can have both significant environmental and economic impacts, yet many building owners continue to face significant barriers to action.

Building Retrofit Program

The Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) is committed to catalyzing the investment in energy efficiency and clean energy by developing market-based approaches to the many challenges that preclude quicker and greater uptake of energy efficiency solutions for the built environment.  Through its Building Retrofit Program (BRP), CCI is working to address these barriers to accelerate market growth, resulting in significant measureable reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, economic growth, and sustainable job creation.  CCI is using its resources and partnerships with public and private organizations, including governments, the financial community and other non-profits to highlight, design and test innovative solutions to financing, contracting and procurement, with the goal of developing and scaling these models nationally. 

Home Energy Affordability Loan Program

The Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) has created an employee based benefit program that addresses financial barriers to residential retrofit projects.  In the short-term, the program creates sustainable, local jobs; in the long-term, it reduces carbon emissions at the corporate and homeowner levels by improving energy performance in commercial and residential buildings through retrofits. Piloted in Arkansas, the program, Home Energy Affordability Loan (HEAL), helps facilitate a commercial retrofit to local employers and gives their employees an opportunity to receive home energy audits with unique employee based or third party financing through payroll deductions.  Employees can choose to make their home more energy efficient through home improvements, which will lower their utility bills. HEAL uses payroll deductions to repay the loans that finance the retrofits.  From 2010 to 2012, HEAL completed 234 residential retrofits and four commercial retrofits – L’Oreal, USA; Arlington Hotel; Friendship Community Care; Hendrix College; and, Century Industries, Inc. – resulting in a reduction of over 2,700 tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

CCI is in the process of replicating this program on a national scale.