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strategies for low-cost exterior housing retrofits

academic, CMU SoA

hazelwood, pittsburgh, pa, usa


John Folan


Fall 2013

4 months  
A semester long project investigating energy retrofit opportunities in Hazelwood, a poor neighborhood of Pittsburgh for wood frame construction housing.

Working with a client and a $7,500 budget, the group responded to feedback to deliver a proposal that will provide the neighborhood added value to their homes. The design is residing the existing vinyl siding with a fiberboard cement panel on four inches of extruded polystyrene. ROI and paybacks were budgeted to provide for a sustainable and energy saving design for the residents of Hazelwood.

Joel McCullough Copyright 2020