Improving the performance of existing commercial buildings: the chemistry of sustainable construction

Retrofitting our existing commercial buildings is one of the key steps to overcoming the economic and environmental challenges we face.

March 12, 2012

It’s time to raise the performance of our existing commercial buildings. To reduce energy consumption. To increase durability. To lessen environmental impact and lifecycle cost. The 4.8 million existing commercial buildings in the United States have an impact and an influence on every man, woman and child in the country. They are our offices, stores, healthcare facilities, schools and places of worship, our warehouses and storage facilities, hotels and places of assembly.

Yet as a group, these buildings are not sustainable—not for the long-term business goals of their owners and operators, and not for the health and welfare of their occupants and visitors. Retrofitting our existing commercial buildings is one of the key steps to overcoming the economic and environmental challenges we face.
 
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