Crews in Albany, New York are installing new siding over retrofit insulated panels this week on a multifamily deep energy retrofit project. The project team, led by Home Innovation Research Labs, received a grant from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to conduct building research on a cost-effective deep energy retrofit.
With onsite guidance from SIPA, crews attached 4-inch- and 6-inch-thick retrofit insulated panels over the existing sheathing on the 10,000 sq. ft. Albany Housing Authority building. Temperature and humidity sensors were installed throughout the building and in wall cavities to monitor the conditions within the highly-insulated wall assembly.
Energy modeling predicts a 35 percent improvement in heating and hot water energy use, despite retaining the existing windows. A second phase of energy improvements is planned, including HVAC equipment upgrades.
A second deep energy retrofit project is planned on a single family detached residence in Sag Harbor, New York.