New York City Group Retrofits Apartments Without Displacing Residents


To me. New york city's climate goals tens of thousands of existing apartment. Buildings need to be retrofitted with new energy efficient technologies but it can be disruptive to make these improvements while people are living inside. Ryan cassidy is with the nonprofit riseborough community partnership which owns and manages affordable housing developments in the city. He says conducting deep retrofits can be done without displacing residents. We don't have to do all that work in the inside of the building we can do it from the outside at an aging apartment complex in brooklyn. His group is replacing old age. Fax systems with officiant air source heat pumps and they're moving as much of the infrastructure as possible to the exterior of the building. So we're putting condensers on the roof and running refrigerant line sets down the outside of the building. Then they're covering those lines with a new highly insulated building facade. He says this project need not be a one-off. These buildings are pretty standard. New york city buildings. They're all between three and five stories. Walk up brick exterior so a pretty large swath of buildings would fall into that category so he hopes it can serve as a model for other building owners in the

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