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The likelihood of a 3 day or longer heatwave is expected to jump from 46% in Dublin to 81% in the next 30 years. Dublin has been one of the fastest growing communities in Central Ohio since the 1980s and construction has been on the rise. In order to combat the future heat increase, building Net-Zero Homes instead of traditional homes would prove beneficial. Traditionally, windows and doors are major sources of energy loss; however, insulative walls and windows in Net-Zero Homes create an airtight home, decreasing energy loss and requiring little energy to adjust the house’s temperature. Less costly ways to combat the heat include replacing asphalt shingles roofing with cool metal roofing or simply painting roofs white. Unlike asphalt shingles roofs that absorb heat, metal roofing reflects light rather than absorbing it. White roofs increase albedo and emit up to 90% of absorbed heat. Additionally, as corn is one of the leading crops in Ohio. Implementing the practice of agroforestry can mitigate global warming effects by sequestering carbon in its soil and taking CO2 out of the atmosphere. Furthermore it increases crop yield and can create eight times more profit than conventional