The ReCover Initiative
ReImagining the Energy Efficient Building. ReBuilding a Sustainable Economy
This story first appeared in The Laker News on November 19,2020.
BERWICK: Lorrie Rand remembers two pivotal moments leading to the creation of the ReCover Initiative, which aims to reimagine energy-efficient buildings in Nova Scotia. The first was in 2013, at a passive-house conference in Maine, where she was learning how to use smart design to build a house that uses 80 to 90 percent less energy. She attended a presentation about a program in the Netherlands that had successfully retrofitted thousands of homes to become net-zero—meaning they generate as much energy as they use for heating, hot water and electrical—at no extra cost to homeowners.
“I was like, ‘oh my gosh this is what we need!’” Rand recalls.