Building efficiency: the invisible clean energy strategyStar Tribune, July 28, 2014
Most energy experts agree that energy efficiency in the built environment is the low hanging fruit for reducing the production of deadly greenhouse gases.
After all, it costs a lot less to save energy than make it. Buildings account for around 70% of electrical consumption and 40% of carbon emissions in the U.S. That puts building efficiency at ground zero for strategies to reduce the dangers of climate change.
With the dark cloud of global warming upon us, we should have already achieved the critical milestone of a vigorous national energy savings policy. But that hasn’t happened. Business has not responded, governmental efforts have been disjointed and even the ingenuity of American entrepreneurs hasn’t figured it out yet.