Department or Program

Environmental Studies


With the serious threats of climate change due to rising atmospheric CO2 concentrations, methods must be found to decrease fossil fuel emissions. In the United States, the building sector consumes more energy than any other industry, with residential buildings making a substantial contribution to this consumption. Increasing residential energy efficiency through insulation, ventilation and space heating retrofits will not only assist homeowners by reducing utility bills, but will also play a significant role in decreasing fossil fuel consumption. A 3-unit residential building located in Lewiston, ME is used as a model to understand heating demand in typical of the local housing stock. Retrofit recommendations, based both on energy efficiency and economic feasibility, for this home are presented and broadened to apply to the larger Lewiston community.

Level of Access

Restricted: Campus/Bates Community Only Access

First Advisor

John Smedley

Date of Graduation

Spring 5-2015

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Number of Pages


Components of Thesis

1 pdf file


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