Quick, no Googling – on what does the US spend more on energy? Transportation or buildings?
Every year, $400 billion goes to energy to buildings, a sum that adds up to roughly 40% of the total US annual energy expenditure. That makes energy to buildings is the largest single sector in US energy consumption, including transportation.
With a figure that large, and with so much commercial property inventory having been built decades before serious energy efficiency features occurred to architects, owners and developers, you can bet that opportunities to save energy dollars in commercial property are huge.
Along with huge opportunities to control costs and rewrite operation and development plans, local government sustainability policies figure greatly in the bottom line of new and existing commercial property development. Getting to the actual policie, so as to know what flies in one state and doesn’t fly in another presents a challenge.
Building Energy Policy Briefs Aplenty
BuildingRating.Org is operated by the Institute for Market Transformation, a DC-based nonprofit dedicated to promoting energy efficiency in buildings, has done a service by collecting and making available an ever-growing archive of sustainable energy building policies for local jurisdictions across the US. Check out the most recent collection at these links today — and get a handle on how energy efficiency savings and local government relate with programs, policies and case studies.
- District of Columbia
- Austin, Texas
- Washington State
- New York City
- San Francisco
- Montgomery County, Md.
- Cambridge, Ma.
- Berkeley, Calif.
- Portland, Ore.
- Kansas City, Mo.
- Boulder, Colo.