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While designing new green homes has been the focus of many organizations and practitioners over the last twenty years, most people live in existing homes built before our current interest in efficient resource use and healthy indoor environments. These homes need to be addressed. This course will examine the options available for retrofitting or completely renovating an existing house to make it more efficient in terms of energy, water and materials use and to improve or guarantee the quality of its indoor environment. Approaches to the envelope which conserve what is deserving of retention while greatly increasing energy efficiency will be considered, as will efficient, fossil-fuel free mechanical systems and, where appropriate, renewable energy options.
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