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Sustainable Tucson Monthly Meeting: The Roof Over Our Heads

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The Roof Over Our Heads

· 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 exceed many owners’ ability to pay them.

Have you or anyone you know replaced your furnace, the ducting, the electrical service, or the water and gas pipes? Or, 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.

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

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

Join us for this important discussion that will begin the conversation about the future for Keeping the “Roof Over Our Heads.”

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