Regenerative approach to building energy retrofit project development and construction

Safari Mahsa, Riley David, Asadi Somayeh, Shulock Lisa

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Abstract

The retrofit of buildings to improve energy performance represents a vast opportunity in the construction market with potential to create jobs, reduce energy demand, and achieve subsequent o environmental benefits. Multiple challenges need to be overcome to "unleash" this potential and realize the benefits of investments in improving building energy performance. While large facilities often have easily predictable energy saving potential at scales that are attractive to the financial industry, they are often pursued in a manner that achieves only "low hanging fruit" for short term economic return. As a consequence, they often fall short of their potential to be pursued as an integrative and long term solution. Small and medium sized buildings face even more significant challenges due to the lack of owners' ability to manage and finance energy efficiency improvements. This research examines a regenerative approach to energy efficiency project development and construction in a regionally focused approach. The use of regenerative business principles, process mapping, and risk analysis to better describe and inform retrofit project investments is presented. Three resulting strategies to reduce risk and advance energy retrofit projects are described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCanadian Society for Civil Engineering Annual Conference and General Meeting 2017
Subtitle of host publicationLeadership in Sustainable Infrastructure
PublisherCanadian Society for Civil Engineering
Pages412-422
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9781510865358
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
EventCanadian Society for Civil Engineering Annual Conference and General Meeting 2017: Leadership in Sustainable Infrastructure - Vancouver, Canada
Duration: May 31 2017Jun 3 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings, Annual Conference - Canadian Society for Civil Engineering
Volume2017-May

Conference

ConferenceCanadian Society for Civil Engineering Annual Conference and General Meeting 2017: Leadership in Sustainable Infrastructure
CountryCanada
CityVancouver
Period5/31/176/3/17

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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