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Building Better: How High-Efficiency Buildings Will Save Money and Reduce Global Warming

Building Better: How High-Efficiency Buildings Will Save Money and Reduce Global Warming


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Published by: bcap-ocean on May 04, 2010
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As more and more buildings
beneft from energy effciency, the com-
bined benefts create a ripple effect, with
the result that implementing large-scale
energy effciency improvements would
yield tremendous benefts for the nation
as a whole.

With benefts at stake like lower energy
bills, less need for imported fuels, or re-
duced global warming emissions, the time

has come to take bold action. This report
highlights those benefts, showing that
every single state in the country has the
chance to capitalize on building upgrades
to take advantage of all the benefts energy
effciency has to offer. The fnal section
presents a number of policy recommenda-
tions, outlining the steps we can take to
improve our buildings, protect our envi-
ronment, and revitalize our economy.

Building operations are responsible for almost half of total U.S. energy consumption and greenhouse
gas emissions.


In 2007, the town of Greensburg, Kan-

sas was completely destroyed by a tor-
nado. The town residents decided to
use the disaster as an opportunity to re-
build their community better than ever,
and made signifcant investments in re-
newable energy and highly effcient build-
ings. Today, a 12.5-megawatt wind farm
supplies enough electricity to power 4,000
homes, and the buildings there consume
on average 40 percent less energy than the
buildings they replaced.8

The residents of
Greensburg made the most of a chance to
maximize the effciency of every building
in their town. It’s time we did the same for
the hundreds of thousands of new build-
ings that go up every year in the United

Improving the effciency of America’s
buildings offers us a great opportunity
to reduce our energy use, including our
reliance on dirty and dangerous fossil
fuels. The National Academy of Sciences
estimates that widespread implementation
of today’s technology would yield an
effciency increase of 25 to 30 percent
by 2030, and with the rapid march of
technological innovation and increased
investment in effciency from governments

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