Energy Saving Homes and Buildings, Continuum Magazine, Spring 2014 / Issue 6 (Book): NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

Kimberly Adams

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Abstract

This issue of Continuum focuses on NREL's research to improve the energy efficiency of residential and commercial buildings. Heating, cooling, and lighting our homes and commercial structures account for more than 70% of all electricity used in the United States. That costs homeowners, businesses, and government agencies more than $400 billion annually, about 40% of our nation's total energy costs. Producing that energy contributes almost 40% of our nation's carbon dioxide emissions. By 2030, an estimated 900 billion square feet of new and rebuilt construction will be developed worldwide, providing an unprecedented opportunity to create efficient, sustainable buildings. Increasing the energy performance of our homes alone could potentially eliminate up to 160 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions and lower residential energy bills by $21 billion annually by the end of the decade.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages32
StatePublished - 2014

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/BK-6A42-61177

Keywords

  • buildings
  • EE
  • EE
  • energy efficiency
  • guidelines
  • homes
  • LEED
  • money saving

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