Ten U.S. cities unite to improve energy efficiency of buildings
The mayors of ten major U.S. cities have joined forces to reduce energy consumption in buildings. The City Energy Project, developed by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Institute for Market Transformation, could save $1 billion annually in energy costs, according to the announcement.
The savings would be achieved by boosting the efficiency of commercial buildings through improved operations and maintenance and use of new technologies. From a greenhouse-gas perspective, the efficiencies would equate to removing up to 1.5 million cars from roads each year.
Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Orlando, Philadelphia and Salt Lake City are the participating cities. The AP reports here that most of those cities already have initiatives designed to maximize building efficiency. Funders are Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Kresge Foundation.
In other green building news, The Guardian reports that “passive house” design, which originated in Germany, is spreading among Swedish cities. It emphasizes thick walls that keep cold air out and warm air in.