“Since 2000, despite two wars and a serious economic slowdown, the United States has made significant progress in sustainable construction,” said Sean Penrith, executive director, Earth Advantage Institute. “We’ve come from a point where the perception of green building involved remote off-the-grid homes to a point where the National Association of Homebuilders now has a green building standard in place and the federal government has invested $4 billion of its stimulus money in energy efficiency for its buildings nationwide. The next 10 years will accelerate these trends.”
|The perception of green building used to be remote off-the-grid homes. Now the National Association of Homebuilders has its own green building standard in place and the federal government has invested $4 billion in energy efficiency.|
Newly built homes will use one third the energy that they do today. Progressive builders are already going far beyond the current standards to build “net-zero” homes that produce at least as much energy as they consume over one year. The techniques used in building these high performance homes will filter down to the mainstream rapidly as homebuyers see how easy it is to create energy efficient and even furnace-free homes using readily available materials and emerging technology. These super-insulated “passive homes” are already being featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show on Earth Day, April 22.
Earth Advantage Institute works with the building and design industry to implement sustainable building practices. Its nonprofit mission is to create an immediate, practical and cost-effective path to sustainability and carbon reduction in the built environment. The organization achieves its objectives through a range of innovative certification, education and technical services programs. More information is available at www.earthadvantage.org.
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