The reasons to renovate are many and far-reaching – from leaving a legacy for future generations and improving our health, to mitigating climate change and regenerating our economy.

Renovation is hitting the headlines once again, as North America is promoting energy efficiency renovations for building stock across the United States and Canada as one of the best ways to help our economies recover post COVID-19. The ambitious goal to achieve the greatest economic benefit and the greenest climate impact in the shortest possible timeframe. All while simultaneously improving our health and comfort – what’s not to like?

As a professional, there’s lots to gain from this report:

  • Tap in to US and Canada incentives - Learn more about the subsidies available from the United States and Canada – and find out why now is the perfect time to renovate.

  • Make energy efficiency renovations work for you - Get an overview of the actions you can take to make the biggest difference to the properties you manage.

  • Save big! - Explore the savings to be made through renovation – as well as the initial costs involved.

  • Get inspired - Learn more about the IRS Energy tax credits in the US and similar insulation tax credits across the Canadian market.

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How can you create comfort while saving money

Energy consumption by the U.S. residential sector and the commercial sector represents the majority of energy consumption in or on all U.S. buildings. Living in an energy efficient building has many benefits; lower energy costs, greater comfort at home, a more valuable property, and less emissions. Spending approximately 90 percent of our lives indoors, it’s our right to live, learn, work and recover in buildings that are comfortable and safe.

Here are just some of the ways you can renovated your home to ensure it’s better for you – and for the environment.

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1. Exterior walls

If you want to maintain the existing appearance of the building, e.g. bricks or old stone walls, but you want to keep the house warm in winter or cool in summer, reduce energy usage and limit unwanted noise, it’s also possible to insulate from the inside.

2. Pitched roof

A large part of a building’s energy loss is through the roof. So it’s the first place you should seek to insulate to maximise the energy efficiency or your home and reduce your reliance on the grid. A well-insulated roof can significantly cut heat loss, meaning your house will stay warm for longer, even in the face of a heating outage. By using a fire-resilient material such as stone wool to insulate your roof, the fire safety of your home also improves greatly.

3. Interior walls

The insulation of interior walls, floors, and ceilings can improve comfort and reduce unwanted noise in the home. In the case of fire, it contains fires to the room in which they started, both keeping residents safe and limiting damages to your home.

4. Loft

Warm summers can make a poorly insulated loft unbearably hot – and cold winters make it expensive to heat. The high density of stone wool makes it an efficient material for creating a comfortable indoor climate all year round, reducing noise and helping you save money on your energy bill.

5. Basement

Insulation of the basement can reduce energy use, ensure a comfortable temperature and protect from damp. Should your basement get flooded,
stone wool will not retain water after draining, limiting the potential for mold.

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