SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1986

Promoting Energy-Efficient Rehabilitation and New Infill Construction in the Inner City


During the past decade, major technical advances were made in energy conservation and in the use of alternate energy sources for residential construction. At the same time, the problem of rising energy costs has increased for large segments of the population, offering an unprecedented stimulus for energy-efficient construction practices. Nonetheless, the actual introduction of the new energy technologies into the planning, design, construction, and use of housing today still remains surprisingly unsophisticated and often is localized to new middle-class suburbs. This paper introduces an inner-city case study and demonstration project in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, that has attempted to penetrate these problem areas by demonstrating the political, economic, social, and technical reality of major energy savings afforded by inner-city rehabilitation and infill construction. To promote the introduction of the available new materials and energy technologies into the existing housing development process, the project team has developed workbooks of relevant guidelines, targeted at key decision-making groups: politicians and community officials; financiers, appraisers, and developers; designers and builders; and owners and renters.

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Hartkopf, VH
Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Loftness, VE
Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
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Developed by Committee: E06
Pages: 93–110
DOI: 10.1520/STP23015S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-4968-7
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-0458-7