Energy Conservation in Existing Buildings

by Kneeland A. Godfrey, Jr., Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1975, Vol. 45, Issue 9, Pg. 79-84

Document Type: Feature article


Can we, as federal officials estimate, cut energy use in existing buildings by 25? %Here are some existing buildings in which notable energy savings are being achieved — and how it was done. But owners of existing buildings haven't rushed to retrofit better thermal insulation; here's why. We talk to the Michigan electric utility that has offered interest-free loans to customers who improved their buildings' thermal insulation. In addition to conventional insulation, we discuss double-glazing of single-glazed windows. And notable jobs in which buildings with large expanses of roof have had thermal insulation improved.

Subject Headings: Building insulation | Energy efficiency | Existing buildings | Thermal effects | Federal government | Energy consumption | Power outage | Owners | Michigan | United States

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