For over 30 years, commercial energy audits have been the cornerstone of energy reduction programs for existing buildings. In the last several years, the global importance of climate change has shifted the focus from strictly energy use and cost reduction to carbon reduction. This has resulted in a new approach of exploring and implementing deep carbon retrofits. This paper will focus on several key areas:
Successful case studies of deep carbon retrofits shared in this paper include those from a community centre, private office buildings, a laboratory, as well as an advanced education institute. We will discuss how these organizations were able to achieve carbon reductions in the 50-90% range.
Robert Greenwald — Prism Engineering
Iram Green — Prism Engineering
Sam Thomas — Prism Engineering
Craig Edwards — City of Vancouver
Published by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) as part of the 2020 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings.