Push for energy-efficient building design and retrofitting picking up steam
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- Feb 20, 2020 12:45 pm GMT
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A bipartisan bill out of the U.S. Senate aims to save billions in energy bills, energy usage, and carbon emissions by 2050 through massive investment in the construction of energy-efficient buildings and houses, and retrofitting existing structures for improvements in energy efficiency.
The bill, supported by Republicans and Democrats in the Senate, was passed by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in the fall and now awaits its fate in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill speaks to the growing momentum behind the energy-efficient design as a means to cut energy bills, energy use, and emissions. According to a study from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, the bill would result in a reduction in energy bills by $51 billion, save 32 quadrillion Btu of energy and cut carbon emissions by 1.3 billion tons by 2050.
If passed, the U.S. Department of Energy would also work with state and local governments, as well those who draft buildings and standards codes. For utilities, this could mean cost savings as well, as a massive redesign of how buildings use energy impacts how much energy utilities have to buy and provide. Of course, such a turnover would take time, but it is yet another piece of the puzzle to a more energy-efficient and sustainable world, and a crucial piece to reaching lofty emissions goals.