Efficient buildings could cut energy use by 23%, report says

07/30/2009 | GreenerBuildings

A new study found that simple changes aimed at boosting energy efficiency in buildings could reduce energy use in the U.S. by 23% by 2020. The McKinsey & Co. report estimates the reduction in energy use could also save the economy $1.2 trillion and cut emissions by 1.1 gigatons each year. "Harnessing the engine of green, energy efficient buildings can cost-effectively drive tremendous improvements in our economy and environment," noted Rick Fedrizzi, president of the U.S. Green Building Council, which was a sponsor of the 165-page report.

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