"... Retrofits represent one possible means of starting to address the built environment’s climate change impact. That’s the belief of Ya’el Santopinto, an ERA Architects associate, as well as director of research and partnerships with Tower Renewal Partnership. The organization is a non-profit research and policy group co-founded by ERA striving for the preservation of aging housing across Canada. In an era where post-war apartment towers are in steady, age-related decline, Santopinto has grown convinced improving existing towers to preserve affordable housing and lower carbon emissions is an unrivaled approach in the pursuit of sustainability. The strategy is being employed in the resourceful metamorphosis of 55-year-old Ken Soble Tower, in Hamilton, Ont. In the transformation, a fading residential tower providing affordable housing for seniors has become a resilient, health-affirming and barrier-free building."
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