Last month, I attended NAHB’s midyear meeting in Miami and had the pleasure of sitting in on a presentation by Daniel Swift, president and CEO of Des Moines-based architecture group BSB Design.
Waiting to do a massive energy retrofit project more effective than an incremental approach
According to Passive House thought leaders, a large-scale retrofit can improve CO2 levels by 80 percent over incremental changes
When you assess the long-term impact of different levels of energy-efficiency in buildings across a 50-year span, taking an incremental approach to renovations is actually a poor strategy, according to a Passive House thought leader. A better approach is to wait several years until a proper Passive House–level building shell can be implemented. The difference between doing a Passive House renovation over standard, incremental improvements is an 80 percent difference in CO2 levels over 50 years.