Tucson’s Aging Housing: Sustainable Solutions

Have you or somebody you know replaced the furnace, the ducting, the electrical service and the water and gas pipes? And, if the house was built in the 40s or 50s, the electrical wiring? If not, it is likely that within the next 15-20 years – you will have to replace them all. Your cost: $20,000 – $30,000. Maybe more.

• 100,000 – the number of Tucson houses over 50 years old – Today
• 200,000 – the number of Tucson houses over 50 years old – in 10 years
• 80% – the percent of houses inside the incorporated City of Tucson that will soon reach the age (about 50) when repair costs often exceeds many owners’ ability to pay them.

Neither the City, County, State nor Federal Governments can afford to pay the Trillions of dollars to repair our old houses. (Nationally, there are 56 million homes that will be at least 50 years old within 10 years.) But it costs several times that much to tear down and replace them. Even adding in maximum energy efficiency upgrades – roofs, walls, window & doors – it is cheaper to repair than replace.

At the July Sustainable Tucson meeting we will explore the needs and opportunities to repair our old houses. How can we train thousands of people to do the work? What needs to be done? And most importantly – how do we pay for it?

• Robert Bulechek (Energy Management Consultant) – Can we make our homes MUCH more energy efficient?
• Scott Coverdale (Community Home Repair of Arizona) – What conditions are our homes really in?
• Chuck Gallagher (SkillsUSA, former construction teacher at Santa Rita High School) How do we teach the workforce we need to make Tucson more efficient?
• Rick Gibson (Sustainability Partners) How do we pay for all this?
• Tres English (Sustainable Tucson) Overview of Tucson’s housing stock

Join us as we begin the conversation about the future and – Keeping the “Roof Over Our Heads”.

When: 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 9th, Doors open at 5:30pm

Where: Ward 6, 3202 E 1st Street, Tucson, AZ.

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