Energy Efficiency

Ed Elias, president of the APA-The Engineered Wood Association, discusses how APA and the engineered wood industry viewed 2013 and what to expect in 2014.

Since 2004, the industry has witnessed the continued evolution of green building programs—from strictly voluntary to being both more in the industry mainstream as well as being mandatory in jurisdictions that adopted these for their building codes.

Since the beginning of the year, there has been a flurry of congressional activity to promote energy efficiency in buildings across America.

RMI has released a report, “How to Calculate and Present Deep Retrofit Value: A Guide for Owner-Occupants”, that defines the non-energy costs and benefits, risk reductions and overall value of deep energy retrofits.

Despite budget constraints, U.S. mayors expect to significantly expand their investment in energy technologies during the next five years, according to a new survey of nearly 300 cities.

The revenue of green-building materials was $106.32 billion in 2012 and is expected to reach $234.77 billion by 2019 and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 12.5 percent between 2013-19.

ASHRAE believes energy efficient construction may become a lower priority in the U.S. Senate with Senator Landrieu (D-LA) as Chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Green homes comprised 23% of the overall residential construction market in 2013 and are expected to grow to between 26% and 33% of the market by 2016.

To better understand the integral quality of a home’s structure, inspecting its unseen parts will usually tell the best story.

As nationwide growth accelerates, more and more local economies are expected to grow as well; these are America’s fastest growing economies.