Memo To US Government: How to Fix the Housing Industry
There’s an elephant in the room and no one’s talking about it. The candidates are spending a lot of time talking about fuel-efficient cars and alternative energy — all of which is very, very important — but there’s a industry that accounts for 48% of all greenhouse gas emissions and consumes 76% of all electricity generated in this country and no one seems to want to mention it. Its the housing industry and Treehugger has a great memo for the US Government that you should take a look at…
Groups such as architecture2030 have put out a challenge to reduce consumption by 50% by 2010 and for buildings to be carbon neutral by 2030. Mayors in many major cities have adopted this plan which may seem overly ambitious but is definitely attainable. A 50% reduction in energy consumption by buildings would do far more to reduce our dependence on oil and get us back on track. With the building industry slowing down along with the economy it’s time to take a look at what we’ve been doing wrong and how things must change as we move forward.
The best news is that the technology to achieve this is already here. Through small measures we can all make smart decisions that will not only reduce our consumption but save us money in the long run — and not just for new building projects. Things as simple as turning up the thermostat in summer and keeping it a little lower in winter, and choosing energy efficient appliances and lighting have dramatic effects on energy consumption and everyone can do it.