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New video and report: The chemistry behind energy efficient buildings

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…

[quote]… 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.[/quote]

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:

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  • 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 to learn more about this easy and cost-effective way to reduce energy consumption and achieve savings in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors.

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