The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) is hosting a conference on the west coast this week to the tone of “Fueling Our Future with Efficiency,” with a focus on solutions for reduced energy use in buildings.
According to the conference website:
To progress towards an energy-efficient and sustainable future… Well integrated government and utility programs, codes and standards, technologies, integrated design processes, operation practices and financing sources need to be further developed and cost-effectively implemented, while addressing behavioral factors and workforce development needs.
What the discussion boils down to is this. 40 percent of energy in the U.S. is consumed by buildings, so more energy efficient buildings — homes, offices, factories — means a more energy efficient United States. Updating building codes and utilizing the most efficient energy technologies would boost energy savings, help create jobs and reduce greenhouse gases, thanks to products of chemistry.
For example, polyurethane foam, which helps to prevent energy from escaping through some of the most common sources of waste, including walls, roofs and windows, saves up to 40 times the energy used to create them. They are among the most efficient thermal insulating products used in buildings today.
The chemistry industry will continue to work with policymakers, consumers and industry members to maximize energy efficiency’s contribution to the nation’s energy portfolio.
To learn more about our policy position, please visit http://www.ChemistrytoEnergy.com/Energy-Efficiency.