28 Mar '12, 4pm

#EENews Reports: Revealing Building Energy Use Creates Jobs, EDC Mag

Two new reports from the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) show how a new kind of energy policy is creating skilled, export-proof jobs in cities across the United States. Under this type of policy, called building energy rating and disclosure, owners of large buildings track exactly how much energy their properties use. Armed with this information, they can make changes that reduce their utility bills and those of their tenants. Five cities and two states have already adopted such policies. According to IMT, if there were a national policy,23,000 net new jobs would be added in 2015, and 59,000 jobs in 2020. The company states that when buildings’ energy use is made transparent (given a grade that is published online or shared in a real estate transaction), it’s like an MPG sticker for buildings. Americans can shop for office space or a new apartment with an eye on ...

Full article: http://www.edcmag.com/articles/88806-reports--revealing-b...

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