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Don’t pit housing crisis against climate crisis

TODAY IN MASSACHUSETTS,  both the Baker administration and the Legislature – and some individual communities, too – are working on proposed “net zero” policies to address the climate crisis.  Dramatic building code changes are intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from buildings. However, they would undeniably also impose increased costs on new residential construction, and therefore have real potential to worsen the state’s already dire housing crisis if not considered through a lens of both housing and climate.