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New Report Provides Roadmap for Energy Policy and Strategies
December 8, 2008

As the federal government prepares for the presidential transition in January, it will face challenges in dealing with increasingly complex issues and new directives from the Obama administration and the new Congress, especially concerning energy issues. A new report from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) provides a potential roadmap for addressing the nation’s dependence on foreign energy sources and its greenhouse gas emissions while growing the economy.

Buildings are responsible for 40 percent of the United States’ energy consumption–more than transportation and industry – and represent 38 percent of the U.S.’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Our citizens spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors–many of them in schools and office buildings. The entire U.S. construction industry employs an estimated 10 million people including manufacturing, and with increased focus on improving energy efficiency within buildings, that number can be expected to rise.

To receive a copy of the report or to learn more about ASHRAE’s government affairs efforts including the High-Performance Building Congressional Caucus, a bipartisan effort to bring policy-relevant expertise from across the buildings community to policy-makers, please e-mail Wendy Angel at

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