New Standards for Home Efficiency Retrofits? In an article for Environmental Network News, David Gabel reveals that the EPA is seeking to establish new standards for home improvements that would increase energy efficiency. The EPA is asking for comments from the public., and has released a draft protocol (see link below) for that purpose. Real estate professionals may choose to weigh in on the best practice tools that would protect indoor air quality during a home energy retrofit.
The goal of this action by the EPA is to devise a set of standards that would ultimately ensure health standards of building occupants during and after such a renovation.The draft protocol called the " Healthy Indoor Environmental Protocols for Home Energy Upgrades" iow available for public comment may increase public awareness of the benefits of energy savings and green-friendly improvements in homes.
"One of the key elements of EPA's protocol, " write Gabel " is guidance for conducting home assessments prior to the work starting... many older buildings have asbestos insulation in the walls and on the pipes," he continues, " it is often these older houses that demand the greatest amount of retrofitting. "
For real estate professionals on the lookout for sustainable innovation, this could be interesting news. Here is a link to the draft proposal that available for public comment. http://www.epa.gov/iaq/homes/retrofits.html
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