Housing and sustainable environment

Vivienda y Entorno Sustentable (VESAC) is a non-profit organization headed by Nobel prize-winning chemist Dr. Mario Molina, and made of Mexico’s public housing institutions--the National Housing Commission (CONAVI), INFONAVIT, FOVISSSTE, and the Federal Mortgage Society; as well as Mexican housing developers Consorcio ARA, SADASI, and VINTE.

The purpose of this Association is to create a common front from which the housing industry can respond to the challenges of climate change.

Mission

To provide sustainable quality of life in economic, environmental and social terms, through urban housing developments that preserve resources for future generations.

Vision

To make the housing industry a leader and facilitator in generating quality of life in the three dimensions of sustainability.

Main Actions

To make an extra effort to meet the challenge of global warming and take urgent action both to mitigate climate change and to adapt to it.

To define a fresh policy focus for the industry in this new economic, social and urban context.

To reorient housing policy in order to incorporate strategies that involve other related policy areas--urban development, economy, regional and planning--in addition to housing and zoning policies, to create sustainable communities in which housing is integrated into its environment and the population can develop in a healthy manner, with higher quality of life, more competitive cities, and access to education, health and recreational services.

To develop projects and activities that strengthen the vision of sustainable policy (economic, social and environmental), coordinating the involvement of government, home finance institutions and housing developers in pursuing opportunities to improve housing policy instruments and seek out new alternatives for meeting the challenges of housing construction.

To take advantage of the process of housing construction and innovation, not only as a central component of economic growth but as an instrument for achieving sustainability, using new technologies and products that make homes cheaper, more resource-efficient and environmentally friendly.

To concern ourselves with making environmental protection compatible with housing development strategies, calculate the carbon footprint of the housing industry, and set annual mitigation goals through the year 2030, through a higher level of energy efficiency and broad-based change toward low-carbon energy sources.

To encourage consumers to use appliances and equipment that use low-carbon energy.

To develop appropriate incentives to implement these strategies and to seek out mechanisms for international cooperation to ensure their viability.

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