How do you turn a typical, 100+ year old, multi-unit, masonry building from an energy hog into an energy efficient structure? And doing all that without busting the bank?
My wife Cathy and I decided to find the answer to that question. We started a new pilot project – a deep energy retrofit.
We have some pilot project experience under out belt with development of the One Drop at a Time, which focuses on sustainable landscape development options at the residential scale. The success of that project was so convincing that we decided to take it up one notch. We ventured into green building technologies and building science with our deep energy retrofit at 3141 W. 15th Street.
This is not about short term planning and decision making or how to flip a building! This is about smart long term investment. Why?
An deep energy retrofit (or energy efficient rehab) provides an excellent opportunities to make the home more economical to own, operate, and maintain. It also and provide a significantly healthier and more comfortable environment to live in. Our deep energy retrofit of a typical masonry Chicago twoflat is a case study on how to incorporate energy conservation strategies into existing homes and start saving on operational and maintenance cost.
This blog is documents our deep energy retrofit journey. It shares our research and decision making processes. It show cases the technologies we use and their implementation. And last but not least it reports on testing and metrics, such as the reduction in our energy consumption.
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