The climate-friendly 14-storey Chestnut Commons, one of New York City’s most energy-efficient buildings, is reserved for low-income households and is an example of how the city is working to provide more affordable housing while decarbonizing and electrifying homes, offices, schools and other properties. In December, Mayor Eric Adams announced a plan to speed up building approval and permitting processes and a ​“moonshot goal” of creating half a million new housing units over the next decade. A handful of sustainable developments like Chestnut Commons are already in the works across the city’s five boroughs.

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