Steps in a Home Retrofit
Deep Energy Retrofits help you
- reducing carbon emissions
- lowering monthly energy bills
- making your home healthier, safer, and more comfortable
If you live in an older home, a deep energy retrofit can ensure your house meets or surpasses current building standards while boosting resale value and lowering annual heating and cooling costs. Retrofitting older buildings and housing is also key to meeting Canada’s target carbon emission reductions as part of the global effort to reduce the effects of global warming and climate change.
Find out more about starting your deep energy retrofit project.
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What is a “deep energy retrofit”?
A ‘deep energy retrofit’ (DER) is a home renovation that targets things like walls, windows, and mechanical systems to reduce the home’s energy-usage by at least 50%. This type of home energy retrofit can be done all-at-once or step-by-step over several years, depending on your unique situation, needs, and the characteristics of your home. Reaching deep energy savings usually calls for a whole-home approach.
“Deep energy retrofit” does not mean “Passive House” or “Net-Zero”, although these two concepts can be goals of a deep energy retrofit project. The most important thing to keep in mind when doing a deep energy retrofit is the energy-savings target of 50% or more.
Deep Energy Retrofit Steps
Step 1: Upgrading the building envelope.
Step 2: Updating the mechanical systems.
Step 3: Adding renewable energy systems to your energy-efficient home.
Deep energy retrofits can be completed in stages or all at once. A Registered Energy Advisor can help you navigate the process. Book a home energy evaluation today to get started.
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Creating a retrofit pathway with the right measures is important to achieve the best results. Learn more about each of the steps to a deep energy retrofit. (Links to the Pathway page)
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