June 16 - June 20, 2014

The building industry is under pressure to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions. What’s the best way to do that?

Answers Votes
Require better systems and technologies in new construction. 38%
Let the market work it out without external mandates. 38%
Toughen relevant standards and statutes for all construction and renovation. 13%
Recommission buildings more frequently. 10%

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Tagged categories: Building Envelope; Construction; Energy codes; Energy efficiency

Comment from Sarah Marble, (6/16/2014, 8:15 AM)

Plant more trees. It's CO2.

Comment from William Gusnard, (6/17/2014, 7:56 AM)

I have an even better human. Human breathing produces about 9% of the CO2 pollution in the US. Since we are reducing CO2 emissions from power plants by another 30%, let's make humans take 30% less breaths, that wouls also help. Automobiles produce 29% of CO2 emisssions versus 30% of the CO2 emission for power plants. Let's also take 30% of the cars of the roads, taht will also help reduce CO2 emissions in the US. Let's just remember though, the US is only accountable for about 15% of all CO2 emissions in the world so lets mess up the US economy while the rest of the world could care less about CO2 emissions. God Bless the liberals and their overall stupidity.

Comment from Robert Ikenberry, (6/18/2014, 10:09 AM)

Statistics without scientific context are meaningless. Worse than that, they are used throughout this important discussion, to obscure and trivialize the very real problems we are creating for future generations. Humans, like all animals and insects, do not add ANY net CO2. Added CO2 only comes from burning fossil fuels. Reducing emissions from autos and power plants does something real, but improving the efficiency of our buildings, new or old, probably gives more net reduction per investment dollar in the long run. It's a very important, legitimate question. And a complicated subject that should be treated with seriousness, not dismissed with talking points designed to falsely ridicule. Our shared stupidity is thinking this will all go away if we just ignore it long enough.

Comment from Tom Schwerdt, (6/19/2014, 8:22 AM)

Okay, everyone has commented on CO2. I'm more concerned with energy efficiency. The building I work in is only 13 years old, but it's terrible for energy with regard to heating/cooling. The HVAC is unbalanced and often broken, there is no insulation in the exterior walls (you get quite the breeze through any outlets on the exterior wall whenever it is windy) - and the window frames are aluminum with no thermal break or insulation. It's not uncommon in the winter for the frame to be 10 degrees colder than the glass!

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