Houston’s vast fossil fuel sector gets most of the focus when it comes to conversations on combating climate change, but another sector probably deserves more scrutiny – real estate.
Decades of urban sprawl and lack of zoning invited Houstonians to spread out and build new. Billboards advertise neighborhoods with mini-mansions and room to run. Homebuilders race to build new houses to meet soaring demand for a slice of the American Dream. Commercial tenants flock to newly-built spaces — pushing developers to continue the carbon-intensive work of new construction.