California Residential Retrofits: Ten Important Lessons Learned
The potential for reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions through retrofitting existing homes offers major incentives for future work.
Few homeowners really know how much money they squander on heating and cooling their new homes. Part of the problem is that they often see the road to greater residential energy efficiency as paved with a variety of expensive super-solutions, such as a super-efficient appliance or a super-insulated home. [continue reading]
Mention rock wool to most people in the energy audit and retrofit business and you get a visceral reaction. Immediately they start scratching and coughing, recalling dusty mats from old homes, heavy with 40 years of accumulated mouse droppings. [continue reading]
Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) has helped over 50,000 families obtain affordable housing. Thanks to the commitment and partnership of thousands of volunteers and homeowners, Habitat has become one of the most respected humanitarian organizations and the 20th largest home builder in the United States. [continue reading]
If a nationally known expert on building trends is correct, the home retrofit and remodeling marketplace will become dominated by corporate players who sell contracting services with their products. [continue reading]
The passion for passive solar is not what it used to be; enthusiasm peaked sometime in the late 1970s. Today, even energy-conscious builders focus on improving insulation and air tightness more than on how the remodeled house will interact with the sun. [continue reading]
Walking through abandoned multifamily buildings is urban spelunking. The buildings are dark, dreary, and damp. Water drips in from the roof. Pitfalls abound. One must be cautious of dark shafts and mounds of who-knows-what. H [continue reading]
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