building energy efficiency
Pike Research, a global consulting firm, has issued a new report noting that global revenues from building energy management systems are expected to rise almost 14 percent, year over year, through the end of the decade.
As a result of the December 31 presidential signing of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA; H.R. 1540), the Department of Defense, or DOD, is prohibited from funding any LEED Platinum or Gold certification of new buildings for the current fiscal year, unless it submits notification of intent 30 days before the money is allocated.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, U.S. buildings account for 36 percent of total energy use and 65 percent (or more than half) of all electricity consumption.
A new report this month, under the auspices of the Center for American Progress – a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank – and Energy Resource Management Corp. (an energy investment firm), states that energy efficiency is one of the most promising paths to jumpstarting the faltering economy and creating jobs.