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This prefab ‘second skin’ makes outdated buildings net zero

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One of the great challenges of transitioning to a net-zero world: a supply of outdated, inefficient buildings, which are a major source of global climate emissions.

Inside a German factory, robots assemble panels molded to fit precisely over the walls of an old apartment building like a second skin, with built-in insulation designed to help the building dramatically cut energy use. It’s part of a system aimed at solving one of the challenges of transitioning to a net-zero world: With so many outdated, inefficient buildings, which are a major source of global climate emissions, the traditional retrofitting process is painfully slow.

A new EU law that may soon be passed will require the least-efficient buildings to get retrofits in the next five years.

Financing is less of a challenge since Germany offers grants for a portion of the cost of retrofitting and subsidized loans to cover the rest.

By Adele Peters

 

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C-Pace – Property Assessed Commercial Energy Enhancement program.

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