Buildings consume nearly half of all the energy produced in the United States
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the Building Sector consumes nearly half (47.6%) of all energy produced in the United States*. Seventy-five percent (74.9%) of all the electricity produced in the U.S. is used just to operate buildings. Globally, these percentages are even greater.
* Prior to 2006, traditional energy data gathering and reporting methods distributed the impact of buildings across various sectors, including industrial, commercial, residential, transportation, and electricity. Architecture 2030 combined the relevant building data contained in each sector, and created a single Building Sector, revealing the extraordinary influence buildings have on our energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, and economy.
Buildings are responsible for nearly half of US CO2 emissions
The building sector was responsible for nearly half (44.6%) of U.S. CO2 emissions in 2010. By comparison, transportation accounted for 34.3% of CO2 emissions and industry just 21.1%.
Global Climate Change
The latest International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report confirms the necessity for immediate and sustained action on climate change, detailing how close we are to a turning point in the earth’s climate system. The underlying conclusion of the report is that the time has arrived for taking the necessary steps to preserve livable conditions on earth: as quickly as possible, we must stop burning fossil fuels, aiming for a complete phase-out by around 2050.
One key way to do that is to reduce and ultimately phase out the CO2 emissions produced by the building sector by transforming the way buildings are designed, built, and operated.
And that’s what we’re helping to do.