Data can help show value of energy-efficient retrofits

10/26/2010 | (Santa Barbara, Calif.)

Green construction ought to command a healthy premium over regular buildings, writes Eric Bloom, since energy-efficient features save property owners money in the long term. For now, though, many buyers remain skeptical -- so it's important that construction companies and engineers team up to collect solid post-retrofit data to prove the value of the project. "Looking at before-and-after stories for retrofits allows for a concrete examination of the savings afforded by retrofits. The results will not only facilitate financing for future retrofits but also efficient green buildings in general," Bloom writes.

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