Nearly one-third of all energy used in the U.S. today is consumed by the building sector — and that number could rise dramatically over the next few decades, potentially reaching more than 62 percent by 2050, according to a new report from the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) on the benefits of energy-efficient building technologies.
The good news? ICCA projects that combining innovative building efficiency improvements with lower-carbon fuels could lead to a 41 percent reduction in energy use, and a 70 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
In a news release, ACC President and CEO Cal Dooley said the projections “reinforce what we have known for a long time,” namely…
… that the chemical industry is an indispensable provider of solutions that improve the energy efficiency of buildings. Nearly every energy-efficient technology is dependent on innovations made possible by chemistry. Our products make the nation’s energy supplies go further while lowering energy costs for businesses and families.
The ICCA report notes that governments, policymakers, institutions, associations and building efficiency value chain partners all play critical roles in helping realize the full potential of energy-saving building technologies, including:
- Ensuring regulations and building codes support the inclusion and enhanced deployment of energy-efficient technologies made possible by chemistry
- Providing incentives to encourage renovations and the development and installation of new energy efficiency technologies
- Making use of international forums to facilitate dialogue between policymakers, industry experts and other stakeholders with vested interests in improving building efficiency
- Raising awareness of the economic and social benefits of high energy efficiency in buildings
Improving the energy efficiency of buildings can and should play an important part in an all-of-the-above strategy to enable the U.S. to become more energy secure. And it starts from the ground up, literally, with the installation of energy-efficient building technologies during the construction process that can enable our buildings to do more with less energy.
Visit www.chemistrytoenergy.com to learn more about this easy and cost-effective way to reduce energy consumption and achieve savings in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors.