Saturday, October 20, 2007

Americans Don't Blame Buildings for Greenhouse Gases

According to studies by the EPA, construction and maintenance of buildings produce up to 48% of dangerous greenhouse gases. Yet most people, including our government officials, have been trained to think that the worst culprits are the gas-guzzling Hummers on our roads.

The American Institute of ArchitectsA recent survey by the AIA shows that only 7% of respondents accurately identified buildings as the primary cause of emissions. In comparison, 40% of those surveyed believed that cars and trucks were the greatest producers of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane. Other offenders taking more blame than buildings included power plants and natural causes.

Despite the misconceptions, American consumers want more energy efficiency in their homes. Some reports indicate that they're willing to pay for it. Others disagree.

Another recent survey by the AIA reflected a growing desire among homeowners for green products, including geothermal heating and cooling systems, tankless water heaters, and flooring made from easily renewable materials, such as bamboo and cork.

The AIA is vowing to continue to impress upon its members, Congress, and the general public that energy efficiency is achievable whether in new construction or in existing buildings.

The problem is, the AIA isn't the group selling the home, or renting the apartment.

What are you doing to make your building more energy efficient?

What are you doing to educate your residents about ways they can be more environmentally friendly?

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