Improving the Energy Performance of Buildings

The code prescribes standards for nearly all components of buildings, including heating and ventilation systems, insulation, and plumbing, to ensure that new buildings are acceptably energy efficient.

Improving the Energy Performance of Buildings

This study examines how policies to increase energy efficiency in buildings in the European Union and Australia have worked and draws implications for the design of similar public policies for the United States. It appears that effective policies to promote energy efficiency can be devised using information disclosure, building codes, financial incentives, and benchmarking. Insights are presented to help designers of analogous U.S. policies.

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