You might be wondering, what exactly are Building Retrofits?
Retrofitting a building refers to the process of upgrading an existing building’s energy performance, comfort, and overall functionality. This can include a variety of changes such as installing insulation and new windows, to upgrading HVAC systems and adding renewable energy sources (like solar panels).
The aim is to make buildings more energy-efficient, reduce carbon emissions, and even save money on energy bills!
Why are Building Retrofits Important?
- Energy Efficiency: Buildings are responsible for a significant portion of global energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Building retrofits can significantly reduce energy use and carbon emissions by improving the efficiency of heating, cooling, and lighting systems.
- Cost Savings: Building retrofits can save money on energy bills, which can be particularly important for low-income households and commercial building owners. Retrofits can also increase the value of a property and reduce maintenance costs.
- Comfort: Retrofits can improve the comfort and health of building occupants by reducing drafts, improving indoor air quality, and providing better temperature control.
How can Building Retrofits benefit you?
If you’re a home owner or building manager, there are many ways that building retrofits can benefit you.
- Lower Energy Bills: By improving energy efficiency, building retrofits can significantly lower energy bills. This can save you money in the long term, particularly if you plan to own the building for many years.
- Increased Property Value: Buildings with high energy efficiency ratings and green certifications like LEED and Passive House Canada can generate higher prices on the real estate market.
- Improved Tenant Satisfaction: Retrofitting can improve the comfort and health of building occupants, which can lead to increased tenant satisfaction and maintain long-term tenants.
- Reduced Maintenance Costs: Upgrading building systems like HVAC and lighting can reduce maintenance costs over time by improving reliability and reducing the frequency of maintenance.
- Positive Environmental Impact: Retrofitting buildings reduces energy use and carbon emissions, which can help to mitigate climate change and improve air quality.
In summary, Retrofitting is an important and beneficial process that can improve your home in a variety of ways! Through basically upgrading energy efficiency, comfort, and functionality of existing buildings.
Here are a few examples of some of our projects that have opted for more sustainable solutions through retrofitting: