The Whitehouse Turns Green with New Building Efficiency Policies

Published by memoori: The US has always been a leader in the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technology but has lagged behind in the decarbonization of its own economy. Now, after laying roadmaps for a green revolution of US domestic power generation and infrastructure, the president has announced a comprehensive plan to tackle the nation’s highly inefficient building stock. The DOE, in coordination with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, has already announced the first 55 commercial, industrial, and multifamily organizations to participate in the Low-Carbon Buildings Pilot program, which will share lessons learned for real-world pathways to low and no emission buildings.

The DOE has also teamed up with the Advanced Water Heating Initiative to increase market adoption of high-efficiency, grid-connected heat pump water heaters in residential and commercial buildings —up to four times more efficient than conventional systems. Meanwhile, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is launching new residential and commercial sector partnerships to accelerate efficiency and electrification retrofits with a focus on underserved residential households through the ENERGY STAR Home Upgrade program.

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