Rebuilding America is a broad-based coalition of labor, business, utilities, manufacturers, and policy groups that have come together to foster a robust, self-sustaining energy efficiency industry that will cut the energy waste in 50 million U.S. homes and businesses by 2020.
Reducing energy use in our buildings through simple fixes like caulking or more elaborate renovations will reinvigorate the economy through direct investments in materials and labor, drive sustainable, long-term economic growth, create good local jobs across the country, and contribute to reducing global warming emissions. Basic improvements to increase building energy efficiency can cut energy use by 20-30% - and often more - with off-the-shelf, cost-effective technologies and techniques.
To brighten our economic and environmental future, we need big action, and we need it now. We need national policies that create the conditions for a thriving market to cut building energy waste—one built on sustainable long-term private-sector investment, with adequate capital, new business models, and well-trained workers to do the job.The good news is that state and local programs that are getting it right can be found around the country. Successful programs take a wide variety of approaches to overcome market barriers and represent regional differences in climate, utility regulation, tax policy, government structure, housing stock, and other factors. National policy changes are needed to bring successful local and state building efficiency programs to scale. While the particulars might vary, existing programs that have spurred market growth and driven efficiency improvements have several common elements, including:
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