Advancing Construction through the Buildings Workforce: Preprint

Sarah Truitt, Madeline Salzman

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper


Buildings are America's energy hogs, consuming over 70 percent of all electricity and over 50 percent of all natural gas produced across the country. Achieving a clean energy future requires us to reinvent how buildings manage energy resources and how consumers demand it. The U.S. Department of Energy is investing in a range of technological advancements that are paving the way to a future where buildings are no longer simply energy consumers, but rather are part of an integrated system that help manage energy resources in a way that supports the electricity grid. This paradigm shift presents an opportunity to increase the efficiency of the built environment, but will only be realized if we build a knowledgeable workforce to design, construct, and operate these high-performance buildings in step with the rate of technological advancement.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2021
Event2020 AIA/ACSA Intersections Research Conference: CARBON -
Duration: 30 Sep 20202 Oct 2020


Conference2020 AIA/ACSA Intersections Research Conference: CARBON

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5500-78235


  • energy efficiency
  • future
  • jobs
  • skillsets
  • workforce


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