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Posted on: May 4, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Building Safety Month: Planning for a Safe & Sustainable Tomorrow

There is projected to be a nearly 50% increase in world energy usage by 2050.

Energy fuels our lives. Yet, energy use and associated greenhouse gas emissions can pose significant challenges to communities, homeowners and renters, and business owners. For example:

  • Americans currently spend more than $200 billion annually on energy bills.
  • Energy use impacts housing affordability. Low-income households spend three times as much on energy bills as higher income households.
  • Globally, buildings and building construction sectors combined are responsible for over one-third of global final energy consumption and nearly 40 percent of total direct and indirect CO2 emissions.

Building energy codes are at the core of improving energy efficiency and resiliency in the built environment. These codes contribute to the health, safety and welfare of communities and citizens by reducing energy bills, improving occupant and community health, enhancing resilience from natural and man-made hazards, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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