Green building retrofits on the rise in the U.S.

October 4, 2011

The U.S. is increasingly making a move towards a green and sustainable future, and one of the ways that this has been done is through the creation of more energy efficient buildings, according to Scientific American

Today, 5 million commercial buildings across the country account for 40 percent of the annual energy consumption in the U.S.

This fact shows how important it is for companies to make a change, and the U.S. Department of Energy has spearheaded an effort to increase the amount of businesses that transition to these structures.

The Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster for Energy-Efficient Buildings project (GPIC) was launched by the DOE, as it will serve as a living laboratory for the designing and development of technology for green structures in the country.

According to Scientific American, many companies are already using green building methods for new construction projects, as adhering to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) initiatives put forth by the Green Building Council has been common.

The news source reported that companies that are retrofitting buildings have been focusing on HVAC equipment, especially the downsizing of this technology. This can minimize the total energy consumption, along with closing air leaks that are commonly found in structures.