Towards a climate-friendly built environment
|Title||Towards a climate-friendly built environment|
|Year of Publication||2005|
|Authors||Brown M, Southworth F, Stovall T|
|Publisher||Pew Center of Global Climate Change|
Buildings in the United States—homes, offices, and industrial facilities—account for over 40 percent of our nation's carbon dioxide emissions. Most of these emissions come from the combustion of fossil fuels to provide heating, cooling, and lighting and to run electrical equipment and appliances. The manufacture of building materials and products, and the increased emissions from the transportation generated by urban sprawl, also contribute a significant amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions every year. In this report, authors Marilyn Brown, Frank Southworth, and Theresa Stovall identify numerous opportunities available now, and in the future, to reduce the building sector's overall impact on climate.
This Pew Center report is part of our effort to examine key sectors, technologies, and policy options to construct the “10-50 Solution” to climate change. The idea is that we need to tackle climate change over the next fifty years, one decade at a time. Looking at options for the near (10 years) and long (50 years) term, this report yields the following insights for reducing GHG emissionsfrom the largest portion of our nation's physical wealth—our built environment.