The Midwest BDC convenes a number of informal, early working groups to address near-term opportunities for engagement on building decarbonization work as well as to create a space for industry collaboration.


Develops outreach, engagement, and accountability strategies for equitable coalition building.


Develops structures and processes to guide leadership and operation of the Coalition.

Affordable Housing/QAP

Works to dramatically improve state rules for federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) to incentivize carbon-free and/or passive building design.


Identifies and strategizes key policy opportunities to ensure healthy buildings for all.

Local Building Codes and Standards

The building codes working group will be re-launching with an expanded focus as the “Local Building Codes and Standards Working Group”.  In addition to baseline building codes, we will now be exploring building performance standards, all-electric new construction requirements, and other potential local government levers for decarbonizing buildings. 

Midwest District Energy Collaborative

Works to identify deep decarbonization “Community Heat Pump” pilot projects as well as engagement opportunities with industry participants/system developers and customers.

Midwest Advanced Water Heating Initiative

A project of the New Buildings Institute, working to equitably accelerate the adoption of heat pump water heaters in the Midwest.

Michigan Building Decarbonization Campaign

Rapidly driving down carbon emissions from Michigan buildings while advancing equitable job opportunities, health benefits, and energy savings.

In Development: Regulatory

Engagement on rising gas prices, fuel switching, electrification, and rate payer protection. This group is in development and we’re looking for co-chairs.

In Development: Federal Policy

Prepare state advocates to capitalize on federal funding allocated in 2022-23 for building energy and climate mitigation work via the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the proposed Build Back Better Act, capitalizing on federal Justice40 commitments. This group is in development and we’re looking for co-chairs.

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Check out our calendar of upcoming meetings and events.