June Map of the Month

Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Building Permits Survey, this month’s map examines the rate of change in building permits issued for the construction of new housing units across the Southeast over the last five years to understand where residential building activity has been heating up.. Counties in blue have experienced increases in residential construction activity, while counties in red have experienced declines in the number of permits pulled between 2018 and 2023.

May Map of the Month

This month’s map highlights areas experiencing gentrification in Charlotte, North Carolina between 2015 and 2019. Our analysis finds that suburban communities in Charlotte have experienced the most rapid gentrification during this time. Areas like Davidson, Mint Hill, and Pineville have experienced sharp increases in the proportion of college-educated residents and in housing costs, for either renters or homeowners, excluding tracts that were already higher-income in 2015.

Re-Launching the “Energy Insecurity in the Southeast” StoryMap

SEEA proudly announces the re-launch of our acclaimed StoryMap, “Energy Insecurity in the Southeast.” Initially unveiled in 2021, this innovative digital resource delves into the complex issue of energy insecurity, which is prevalent in the Southeast. In this region, one in three households experience or have experienced energy insecurity, particularly low-income households and people of color.

April Map of the Month

The South has the nation’s largest share of mobile homes, and this month’s map considers where mobile home residents may be at the highest risk from expected increases in the prevalence of extreme heat by the middle of the century (2036-2065). Counties on the map shaded in dark blue have a high proportion of mobile homes—at least a quarter of the occupied housing units in those counties—and a high percentage of days with heat index values above 100°F. As the map indicates, these factors are overrepresented in counties in Florida, Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi.

National Emissions Standards: Unleashing Health & Economic Potential for the Southeast

On March 20th and March 28th, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) finalized national emissions standards for passenger cars, medium-duty trucks and vans, and heavy-duty vehicles, respectively, applying to vehicle model years 2027 through 2032. These standards are expected to establish the United States as a leader in the clean transportation space, improve air quality, and lower fuel and operating costs for consumers.

Buildings Blueprint (1st Quarter)

Hello! Welcome to SEEA’s inaugural issue of Buildings Blueprint, the latest quarterly newsletter dedicated to the building industry community. This publication is your guide to the ever-evolving landscape of buildings and energy codes in the Southeast and the U.S. islands, offering updates and resources to empower built environment professionals to excel in their roles.

March Map of the Month

In today’s interconnected world, broadband is not a luxury; it is a necessity. Broadband influences many facets of life, from access to education to employment opportunities and even health. Access to broadband is also critical to monitoring and reducing residential energy use.

Tracking Federal Spending in the Southeast and U.S. Territories 

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), passed in November 2021. The law allocates $550 billion in new federal spending over ten years for infrastructure projects, including roads, public transit, broadband, and electric grid upgrades. With so much funding on the table, SEEA is working to ensure funds are distributed equitably across the U.S. and to underserved communities.