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A Global Look At Tracking Energy Efficiency

Tuesday, Oct 30, 2007

First event in a Green Buildings series, this year's focus will be on addressing energy and measurement issues with respect to sustainable design including a survey of best practices nationally and internationally.

Sponsor: New York Academy of Sciences-Green Sciences

Jens Lausten (International Energy Association) Energy consumption in buildings is the largest of any end use sector. Energy consumption in buildings OECD is therefore larger than the consumption for processes in industry or for transportation. Energy consumption in buildings is growing in developing countries, and buildings account for an increasing share total energy use in these countries. Energy use in buildings accounts for close to 40 per cent of end energy use in the World.

Large and feasible potentials for energy efficiency improvements are available in both new and existing buildings. New buildings can be built with no energy consumption or very little energy consumption. In existing buildings the energy consumption can be reduced substantially.

Many barriers work against energy efficiency in buildings, such as split incentives (owners of buildings pay/renters save), financial constraints, lack of knowledge/awareness by owners and advisers or lack of capacity in the construction industry. Overcoming these barriers requires pro-active energy efficiency policies and supportive energy technology R&D policies.

Adam Hinge (Sustainable Energy Partnerships) The US interest in energy efficiency, green buildings and environmental issues has grown exponentially in the past year. A variety of efforts are currently underway or proposed that set targets toward significant reductions in energy use and carbon emissions from buildings. This presentation will include a summary of the energy consumption, performance and efficiency of the building stock in the US, including recent trends and forecasts of efficiency levels, along with relevant standards and programs for tracking and benchmarking building energy performance. It will also review the wide gap between current forecasts for building energy use and efficiency and some of the planned targets, and some of the challenges in assessing and addressing energy efficiency/energy performance in green buildings.

Noel Morris (Skanska)

Location: New York Academy of Sciences, 7 WTC, 250 Greenwich Street, 40th Floor

Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2007, 6-8 pm. Reception to follow.


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