ENERGY STAR Update
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Friday, May 20, 2016
When Buildings Compete, We All Win
Blog by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy
On average, Americans spend about 90% of their time indoors. So the buildings where we work, learn, and shop have an important role to play in our wellbeing. At the same time, buildings also contribute to the health of our surrounding environment. In 2015, about 40% of total U.S. energy consumption was consumed in residential and commercial buildings. And commercial buildings are responsible for nearly 20% of our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions.