‘Green’ building policies crucial for reducing greenhouse gases

Sustainable building policies in the San Francisco area, from the San Jose Mercury: Despite all the public attention focusing on the harmful emissions that come from the automotive sector, the dirty little secret is that buildings are actually the biggest emitters of carbon dioxide in the United States. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy reports that two-thirds of all carbon dioxide emissions come from stationary sources. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, buildings account for 65 percent of electricity consumption, 36 percent of energy use and 30 percent of raw materials use.

It would seem obvious, then, that increasing energy efficiency and reducing emissions from buildings would make the biggest impact in our growing efforts to combat the harmful effects of climate change….

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