Your building has the potential to change the world. Existing buildings consume approximately 40 percent of the energy and emit nearly half of the carbon dioxide in the US each year. In recognition of the significant contribution of buildings to climate change, the idea of building green has become increasingly popular. But is it enough? If an energy-efficient building is new construction, it may take 10 to 80 years to overcome the climate change impacts of the building process. New buildings are sexy, but few realize the value in existing buildings and how easy it is to get to “zero energy” or low-energy consumption through deep energy retrofits. Existing buildings can and should be retrofit to reduce environmental impacts that contribute to climate change, while improving human health and productivity for building occupants.
In The Power of Existing Buildings, academic sustainability expert Robert Sroufe, and construction and building experts Craig Stevenson and Beth Eckenrode, explain how to realize the potential of existing buildings and make them perform like new. This step-by-step guide will help readers to: understand where to start a project; develop financial models and realize costs savings; assemble an expert team; and align goals with numerous sustainability programs. The Power of Existing Buildings will challenge you to rethink spaces where people work and play, while determining how existing buildings can save the world.
The insights and practical experience of Sroufe, Stevenson, and Eckenrode, along with the project case study examples, provide new insights on investing in existing buildings for building owners, engineers, occupants, architects, and real estate and construction professionals. The Power of Existing Buildings helps decision-makers move beyond incremental changes to holistic, results-oriented solutions.
Robert Sroufe is Murrin Chair of Global Competitiveness at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh; Curriculum Lead for the MBA Sustainable Business Practices program, John F. Donahue Graduate School of Business; and Full Professor of Sustainability & Supply Chain Management in the management department. He is involved in developing and delivering action learning pedagogy within the top ranked MBA Sustainable Business Practices program, producing future change agents. Winner of numerous research and teaching awards, he has published practitioner, environmental, and business journal articles and multiple books on sustainability topics. As a public speaker and consultant, Dr. Sroufe utilizes integrated management practices to help decision makers solve problems, improve productivity, increase revenue, find value in existing buildings, evaluate Integrated Bottom Line (IBL) performance, and enhance competitiveness with a range of enterprises. He is an accomplished expert with in-depth expertise in sustainability, performance measurement management, supply chains, and operations. This includes success in developing competitiveness for multinational, mid-tier, not-for-profit, and governmental clients. His work actively advances interdisciplinary, evidence-based management and promoting knowledge-sharing of Integrated Bottom Line reporting, materiality, life-cycle analysis, environmental product declarations, analytics for environmental health and safety, and transparency in sustainability reporting. He is passionate about engaged learning via a focus on responsible management of financial, social, environmental, and informational assets. Research projects include understanding what drives sustainability performance, why and how existing buildings become high-performance buildings, how firms can develop effective management systems, the measurement and management of IBL performance, the integration of sustainability across business functions, the UN Sustainability Development Goals, strategic sustainable development, and organizational change toward sustainability.
Craig Stevenson is President of AUROS Group, which is a technology company based in Pittsburgh, PA. He is widely known for his role in establishing Pittsburgh as a leader in "Evidence-based Performance" for the built environment. Evidence-based Performance uses technology to bridge the gap between "hoping" a building is performing as designed to "knowing" a building is meeting its performance goals. Craig is credentialed in virtually all known building performance standards. As a result, he focuses solely on owner's performance requirements for their building(s). Using cutting-edge technology, Craig and his AUROS360 capabilities ensure owners balance building performance goals with construction costs and long-term operating costs. Craig sits on the North American Passive House Network Board of Directors. He is a founding member and Vice President of the Passive House Western Pennsylvania organization and sits on the City of Pittsburgh Clean Tech Roundtable and P4 Performance Measures Committee. Craig is also a committee member with the AIA+2030 Committee on the Environment.
Beth Eckonrode co-founded AUROS Group in 2016 and is currently Board Chair. Beth is a collaborative leader with a track record of delivering business results in a broad range of operating roles, functions, industries, and environments. She has successfully built and developed high performance businesses and teams as an executive, a consultant, and an entrepreneur. Beth is accomplished in the fields of strategy, general management, marketing, business development, executive coaching, training, facilitation, and conflict resolution. She is most frequently asked to speak on disruptive innovation and evidence-based performance.
Based in Pittsburgh, PA, Beth is certified RESET AP with Regenerative Ecological Social & Economic Targets, Fitwel Ambassador with Centers for Active Design’s Fitwel Certification Program and is a Strategic Advisor to the North American Passive House Network. She is a member of Urban Land Institute (ULI) and Pittsburgh-based Green Building Alliance.
Beth's entrepreneurial passion was the impetus for creating AUROS360, as she recognized the opportunity to use technology to provide building owners a pathway for confidently investing in sustainability strategies. AUROS360 is the first system of its kind to use technology to balance sustainability goals with first costs and long-term operating costs providing building owners and developers a map on how to invest in existing buildings to minimize energy consumption and maximize occupant health and productivity without spending a premium in construction costs.