Embracing Existing Buildings: The Market and Sustainability Opportunities

Learn a “no-regrets,” step-by-step approach to making old buildings perform like new.


This course will demonstrate a “no-regrets”, step-by-step approach to making old buildings perform like new. As a glimpse into the book The Power of Existing Buildings, panelists discuss the importance of setting clear, performance-based goals, building the right team, and incorporating important technology like modeling and rapid-fire simulations to ensure design goals are achieved during operations. They explain how “major system replacement” is the ideal time to determine what your building’s theoretical, optimum performance is before spending one dollar on retrofits. As an added bonus, you will learn how to invest in existing buildings to reduce your carbon footprint, reduce fuel poverty, and reduce the inequities of indoor air quality.

Learning objectives

  • Understand the current market opportunities from existing building.
  • Discuss the Natural Order of Sustainability and its importance in delivering high performance in existing buildings without spending a premium in construction costs.
  • Learn how to repurpose modeling and simulation to inform owners of the theoretical, optimum performance of any existing building.
  • Develop the proper language to ensure owners have control and access to their building’s performance data. 

This course was recorded live on April 23, 2020.

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 $45  non-member
 $30  member
1.00 LU
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  • Beth Eckenrode

    Principal | AUROS Group

    Beth Eckenrode is co-founder of AUROS Group, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Beth is...
  • Katharine Logan


    Katharine is an award-winning writer with a focus on sustainability, well-being and design in the...
  • Craig Stevenson

    MBA, MS-MIS, CPHC, LFA, LEED AP, WELL Faculty, WELL AP, RESET AP, Fitwel Ambassador, DBIA

    President | AUROS Group

    Craig is President of AUROS Group, which is a technology company based in Pittsburgh, PA.  Craig is...