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The article about triple-deckers suggests the scale of the problem.

They have gone into a few old buildings, gutted them, replaced all of the mechanical systems, and made them into practically modern buildings. I have lived in Worcester; most of the triple deckers there were built between 1880 and 1920 and are in bad condition. They need a LOT of work to bring up to modern standards.

But the cost numbers do not come close to working out. And the number of such buildings that would need to be retrofitted is huge. And when you're done, you are still not close to zero net energy with gas furnaces in the basements.

I recently obtained an estimate to replace the conventional HVAC system in my small house with a heat pump, it came to $30,000. That is far beyond the financial reach of almost all of the property owners in the neighborhood. The payoff time at current utility rates approaches a century.

The scale of the problem is still not internalized.

by asdf on Thu Mar 25th, 2021 at 10:15:41 PM EST

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