Retrofit-The Future of Fit!
Marzieh Bagheri Alamooti, Hetal Master, Hila Sabouni
The Green New Deal is a congressional resolution that lays out a grand plan for tackling climate change. Introduced by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Senator Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts, both Democrats, the proposal calls on the federal government to wean the United States from fossil fuels and curb planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions across the economy. It also aims to guarantee new high paying jobs in clean energy industries. The Green New Deal framework describes the monumental changes needed to decarbonize the American economy by meeting 100% of our energy demands with zero-emission sources in the next decade. It will require overhauling major industries like energy and agriculture, but also transforming America’s buildings and construction sector.
In our research we have focused our interest on Retrofitting aspect of the Green New Deal, aiming on the infrastructure on three scales namely: Architecture scale (Buildings), Landscape scale (Transportation) and Planetary scale (Internet). Retrofitting is a very important aspect of the Green New Deal as it directly resonates with the life of People. Retrofitting infrastructure will have an impact on social and economic aspect of living. With the houses being retrofitted people will get renovated net-zero space to live in. With the change in transportation systems, people will use alternative fuel vehicles like electric cars which will break their regular mode of transportation. With the advent of Carbon free society, there will be new job opportunities in the green industries and there will be a change in almost every other industry and pursuit of Lifestyle. Therefore, Retrofitting is important and a major role player, reflecting the lives of people, in the Green New Deal!
Our research elaborates on the relevant case studies that reveal the details and challenges to overcome the process of retrofitting which raises questions to address these challenges cohesively with all the 3 aspects working for each other. Drawing a section through Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the questions are answered as we understand the scope of retrofitting and the impact of location on the process of retrofitting. Further, we seek to visualize the scope of retrofitting on a global scale through Planetary Map drawing which reveal entities that impact retrofitting globally and compare the research for Florida with a new location, Norway, completely opposite in terms of climate to understand the difference. Concluding the research project by making Media posters to make layman understand the importance of Retrofitting and the benefits of doing so, as it will be a new pursuit of Lifestyle for people!