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  • Howard, J. Myrick
    • Other Affiliation: Principal Associate, Robert M. Leary & Associates, Raleigh, NC; Assistant Director, Historic Preservation Fund of North Carolina, Inc.
  • Since the beginning of this decade, we have been witnessing the end of an age of profligate energy use. Energy (especially oil, gas, and coal-generated electricity) is costing consumers more and more. Homeowners, in particular, have added concerns. While buyers of new homes may insist on more energy-efficient designs, owners of existing structures face increasing energy bills. By retrofitting the existing housing stock with better insulation and more efficient mechanical equipment and appliances, a significant reduction in energy consumption (and energy costs) can be achieved. Retrofitting can save 10 to 40 percent of residential energy consumption in the United States, according to a Federal Energy Administration study (AIA Research Corp. 1976). Since the residential sector accounted for approximately 22 percent of the fuel and electricity consumed in this country in 1973 and since existing buildings will constitute more than 70 percent of the total floor space in 1985, (Hyatt 1977, pp. 284-85) residential retrofitting may be important in the nation's total energy picture.
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  • Carolina Planning Journal
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  • 4
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  • 2
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