Energy Efficiency Measures to Incorporate into Remodeling Projects

Stacey Rothgeb, C. Liaukus, Stacey Rothgeb (NREL Technical Monitor)

Research output: NRELSubcontract Report


Energy improvements in a home are often approached as one concerted effort, beginning with a simple walk-through assessment or more in-depth energy audit and followed by the installation of recommended energy measures. While this approach allows for systems thinking to guide the efforts, comprehensive energy improvements of this nature are undertaken by a relatively small number of the householdsin our nation compared to more piecemeal remodeling efforts. Even when programs like the Weatherization Assistance Program and Home Performance with ENERGY STAR are considered, homes that have had a comprehensive energy makeover still represent a small fraction of the 111.1 million households. In this report, the U.S Department of Energy Building America Retrofit Alliance research team looks atthe improvement of a home's energy performance in an opportunistic way: it examines what can be done to incorporate energy efficiency measures into general remodeling work and home repair projects. This allows for the possibility for people who would not normally pursue energy efficiency but will remodel their kitchen or re-side their home to improve their home's performance at the same time.There are challenges to this approach, not the least of which being that the work will take place over time in potentially many separate projects. The opportunity to improve a home's energy efficiency at one time expands or contracts with the scope of the remodel. As such, guidance on how to do each piece thoughtfully and with consideration for potential future projects, is critical.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages46
StatePublished - 2014

Bibliographical note

Work performed by Building Media and the Building America Retrofit Alliance (BARA), Kent, Washington

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/SR-5500-63154

Other Report Number

  • DOE/GO-102014-4543


  • BARA
  • Building America
  • energy measures
  • remodeling
  • residential
  • residential buildings
  • retrofit


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