is the Word for EE Global
By the second day of the Energy Efficiency Global Forum & Exposition
(EE Global) in Washington, D.C., hosted by the Alliance to Save
Energy, change was the word on the lips of most speakers. Changing
building designs, changing legislation and changing the world were
the goals of the array of speakers.
More than 800 delegates, exhibitors and media from 32 countries
attended the inaugural event focused on energy efficiency. Attendees
represented governments from several countries, businesses, nonprofits
and trade associations.
During a session on "New Approaches to Environmentally Conscious
Building Envelope Design and Technologies," David Rodgers, the Deputy
Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency with the United States
Department of Energy (DOE), addressed the energy bills in Congress
HERE to read about Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation
Tax Act of 2007). He explained that net-zero energy buildings-the
goal for commercial buildings by 2050, as outlined by House Bill
3221-use 70 percent less energy than conventional buildings, which
then allow the buildings to produce enough electricity on-site or
through storage to power the building through the rest of the day.
According to Rodgers, integrating systems and looking at buildings
as wholes is critical in reaching this net-zero energy goal. However,
he did point out that changes to windows are among provisions being
examined by architects.
"Windows annually are responsible for 3.8 quads of energy in the
U.S. in the form of heating and air conditioning loads at a cost
of more than $30 million," Rodgers said (according to information
from DOE, that amounts to 4 percent of U.S. energy).
He told his audience that electrochromic windows and "highly insulating"
units will play a role in making more energy-efficient buildings.
Becoming more energy-efficient will be the key to reducing carbon
emissions around the world, according to Senator Timothy Wirth from
Colorado, president of the United Nations Foundation. "Energy efficiency
has to be the path," Wirth said during the plenary luncheon on this
topic. "There is no other."
Like earlier speakers (CLICK
HERE to read "EE Global Forum Looks Beyond Current Codes"),Wirth
noted that finding solutions for becoming a more energy-efficient
country is challenging, but instigating change is far more difficult.
"How do you get these large government [bodies] designed for a previous
world to change?" he asked. The next EE Global Forum will be held
December 2008 in Brussels, Belgium.
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