Introduction to Comprehensive Retrofits and Decarbonization
Comprehensive retrofits of existing buildings include equipment replacement and envelope improvements and can reduce building energy use by 20 to 30%, playing a critical role in addressing climate change and improving the quality of our building stock. This webinar provides an overview of the many benefits delivered by comprehensive retrofits—ranging from GHG reductions to lower energy bills and improved health, comfort, and safety. Speakers also cover emerging retrofit technologies, approaches to achieving comprehensive savings, and strategies to scale up retrofits in your community.
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Rohini Srivastava, Senior Researcher, ACEEE
Rohini conducts research on new technologies, practices, and programs to increase energy efficiency in buildings. Specific research areas include innovative program approaches, the multiple benefits of efficiency retrofits, and workforce skills needed to advance high-performance building technologies and zero-energy buildings. Prior to joining ACEEE in 2018, Rohini was a contributing researcher for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Consortium for Building Energy Innovation and the U.S.-India Centre for Building Energy Research and Development. Rohini is a registered architect in India and is a LEED Accredited Professional. She received her PhD in building performance and diagnostics from Carnegie Mellon University and a master of architecture from Kent State University.
Amber Wood, Buildings Program Director, ACEEE
Amber directs the Buildings Program to increase energy efficiency and decarbonize buildings and homes through policies and codes at the federal, state, and local levels. She promotes best practices to enhance equity and affordability in the commercial, multifamily, and residential sectors. She joined ACEEE in 2021. Prior to joining ACEEE, Amber worked at the City and County of Denver as the energy program administrator in the Office of Climate Action, Sustainability, and Resiliency.
Amber holds a master of science in engineering systems from the Colorado School of Mines and a bachelor of science in civil and mechanical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.