PATH - A Public Private Partnership for Advancing Housing Technology

Energy Efficiency in Existing Homes - Technology Roadmap
Volume 2: Strategies Defined

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October 2003, 52 pages

This publication presents a vision for the housing industry that includes improving the energy performance of existing homes and decreasing energy use by an average of 30% in at least 50 million existing homes by 2010. The publication gives an overview of the energy use situation today, describes the barriers to increasing energy efficiency, and offers a roadmap to achieving PATH's vision of improved energy efficiency.

Several barriers exist in terms of achieving increased energy efficiency in existing homes. Lack of consumer awareness about the long-term cost benefits of energy efficiency, limited desire to make improvements because of stable energy prices, and an absence of tax credits, rebates, or other incentive programs are among the primary barriers. In addition, home remodelers and trade contractors tend not to advocate for new energy efficiency technologies due to a limited amount of time to devote to education and a preference to stay in their "comfort zones". Coupled with limited availability of information on energy-efficient products and systems, this also creates a formidable barrier to increased energy efficiency in existing homes. Additionally, there is a perceived barrier to the development of retrofit technologies and products, as well as wide differences in the condition and configuration of the existing housing stock that prevents broadly applicable, one-size-fits-all retrofit solutions. Lastly, there is a lack of national-level distribution capabilities for marketing and delivery of some of the more promising energy-efficient solutions.

The publication presents a technology roadmap to accomplish the vision of increased energy efficiency. The authors propose that there must be successful implementation of eight key strategies:

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Content updated on 10/27/2003

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