Sustainable Building -
Energy Efficient Building Construction
Bring Savings and Rapid Payback
Buildings are responsible for about half of U.S. energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions annually and are growing faster than any other sector, including transportation. Forty-nine percent of total annual U.S. GHG emissions and 72 percent of U.S. electricity consumption happen in buildings. Residential and commercial structures account for one-third of all natural gas consumption and the majority of electricity use in the U.S. The U.S. Department of Energy projects U.S. energy demand to grow by 11% by 2030, based on extrapolation of current trends. While we will not likely see an end to traditional energy resources by that date, supply and demand will most likely drive the cost of energy up. Most buildings have a life span of about 75 years. Assuming that buildings built today will be around for about 75 years, it is important to plan for the future of energy and increased energy costs. This creates an opportunity to significantly reduce energy usage at the time a building is designed and constructed. Data gathered on energy efficient buildings suggest that a 15-30% reduction in energy usage (that is a 15-30% increase in savings, which stays in a utility payer’s pocket every month) for new construction can be achieved for 0-2% of additional up front costs and the payback (measured by how much money is saved on energy bills) is less than 4
Energy Efficiency Kits Available
Energy efficiency kits are available in Idaho’s public libraries for checkout to cardholders. Kits include a kill-a-watt energy meter, instructions and efficiency tips. Kits are available for a one-week checkout. The kits are provided through a partnership between Idaho Power, Rocky Mountain Power, Avista Utilities and the Idaho Commission for Public Libraries. For more information please call the library at 788-2036 or visit the library online at www.haileypubliclibrary.org.
The Hailey Environmental Leadership Program is an advisory committee providing practical information, leadership, and the means of measurable change for city government and the community, in ongoing efforts to combat climate change and protect the environment.
The HELP committee was created to implement and track progress on the goals and requirements of the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. On February 12, 2007, Mayor Susan McBryant and the Hailey City Council joined 496 U.S. mayors and cities in ratifying the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. The agreement, modeled on the Kyoto Protocol, is a pledge to take local action in improving the quality of our air through the reduction of air and climate pollutants and to promote stronger federal policy and action. See a copy of the agreement here.