Why Go Deep? Retrofit Lessons from Low-Income Multifamily Projects

Many cities in New England and beyond have carbon neutrality goals and are actively addressing new construction to hit the goals. What about all the existing buildings? How will those be addressed to reduce energy and carbon? What creative enclosure approaches can be used to achieve these goals? Preservation of Affordable Housing has new construction projects in design to PHIUS standard. POAH also has rehab projects that never hit a passive house standard but go as deep as possible. Through review of existing projects and building data, this session will explore what we have done, what we learned from this, and make recommendations for other developers and designers. 

Session Speaker(s): 

Session Chair(s): 

Event Time: 

Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

CEU Information: 

AIA 1.0 LU/HSW
BPI 1.0 hour
Mass. CSL 1.0 hour Energy
Conference-day attendance credits available from PHIUS, RESNET, and Mass. CSL

Learning Objectives:

  • Apply recent case study details and costs to new methods of approaching existing buildings
  • Discern from existing data the areas where targeted improvements have been successful vs. challenges that remain difficult to address
  • Describe new approaches to improving the enclosures on challenging buildings
  • Explain to developers why they should consider enclosure improvements at rehab

Session ID: 

BOS21-608