Carl Elefante, former president of the American Institute of Architects, said: “The greenest building is the one that already exists.” Existing traditional homes can become tools and learning environments for the future of energy conservation, rather than demolishing and constructing new.
I consider my role as an architect to empower, educate, and guide my clients to the best sustainable and economic strategies for their home. In an effort to promote net-zero design knowledge, these straight-forward deck of cards list different elements and materials in a home that can be improved and ways to do so. Homeowners can save money and can improve the life of their home using this deck of cards. For example, learn how to tighten the envelope of your home through the exterior framing card; or learn how you can reduce heat loss through the heat recovery ventilator card.
By categorizing these into simplistic educational components, a typical homeowner can become more aware of the ways and applications to lessen their individual carbon footprint – working together to reach net-zero within our existing residential housing market.