Energy Goal 2: increase the energy efficiency of the regionâ€™s building stock
Retrofitting existing buildings represents the greatest opportunity to increase the energy efficiency of buildings in the North Country and reduce their energy consumption. Over the next four decades, a majority of North Country buildings will require substantial reinvestment in order to remain habitable and cost effective to their owners. Focusing on energy efficiency as part of this process would lead to direct economic and environmental benefits. It would also contribute to local energy independence, economic development, and the creation and retention of employment for local residents. Residential energy consumption is the second leading contributor to GHG emissions in the North Country. Comprehensively addressing the inefficiencies of existing buildings would contribute greatly to reducing emissions as well as reduce energy costs for residents. Several energy efficiency upgrade programs exist across the region; however, much work remains to be done in improving the effectiveness and scope of these programs. The challenge to this goal is overcoming the financial and tactical hurdles to help residents and businesses retrofit existing buildings to be more energy efficient or replace aging heating systems. Successful implementation of an energy efficiency strategy would require the continuation and expansion of existing programs directed at improving energy efficiency, enhancing the rate and scale of energy retrofits, and improving efficiency standards for new construction. Programs would need to engage and educate residents and local businesses and be integrated with contractor training to build support for energy efficiency.
North Country Region Sustainability Plan