Building Efficiency: LEED Astray?

There is widespread consensus that the cheapest, fastest and easiest way to reduce dependence on fossil fuels (and greenhouse gas emissions) is energy efficiency. Yet another report, this time from the American Physical Society, explains this all in detail, showing how gasoline use in cars could be easily cut in half, and how all of America’s buildings in 2030 could get by on the same amount of energy buildings use today. “Most of the things we recommend have negative costs,” says study chair Burton Richter, Nobel Laureate and former director of the Stanford Linear Accelerator.

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