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The climate is changing.

Commercial buildings in the United States consume 17 percent of the nation’s energy at a cost of more than $100 billion per year. They also generate 17 percent of our country’s greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to climate change.

Your industry is changing, too.

Now for some good news: By 2035, 75 percent of all buildings will be new or renovated. That means there’s an enormous opportunity for architecture/engineering (A/E) firms to ensure that the buildings of the future are more efficient than ever. In fact, in the United States, the green share of the U.S. nonresidential construction market grew from two percent in 2005 to 44 percent in 20121. The same study of architects, engineers, contractors, owners, and consultants also shows that:

  • 53 percent of U.S. firms expect to be dedicated to green building by 2015.
  • 63 percent of firms surveyed have new green commercial projects planned, 45 percent have plans for new green institutional projects, and 50 percent have plans for green renovation work.

You can be a leader.

This section provides a start-to-finish framework for A/E firms that want to design buildings that save energy, save money, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Follow EPA’s step-by-step guidance to ensure your firm is poised to deliver projects that are designed, constructed, and operated to be energy efficient.

 


1World Green Building Trends: Business Benefits Driving New and Retrofit Market Opportunities in Over 60 Countries, McGraw-Hill Construction Research & Analytics, 2013

The ENERGY STAR Challenge for Architects

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