March 1, 2011
As buildings age, their owners and managers face the daunting challenge of keeping them operational with new technologies. Generally, a lack of funding means facility owners and managers must figure out how to reduce energy usage.
Accounting for nearly all existing commercial space, private commercial buildings present the largest untapped opportunity for energy-efficiency retrofits. However, federal and state facilities and other institutional buildings are more likely to receive funding and, therefore, have more opportunities for energy-efficiency retrofits.
So, what exactly does an energy-retrofit project involve? An energy retrofit for an existing building can be divided into phases, such as...