Sustainable Building Sourcebook
Chapter: Energy
 

Energy affects all facets of building design, construction, and operation, from drawing the initial plans to installing light bulbs, equipment, and appliances. Energy use over the lifespan of a building may be the single most important environmental and economic issue to address in building ownership. Excessive fossil-fuel energy use to heat, cool, light, and power buildings results in significant environmental impacts at a local as well as global scale, and unnecessarily increases the building's annual operating and maintenance costs. Energy efficiencies can be gained in the design, construction, and operation phases of a building's lifespan; this chapter contains sections that address each of these phases.

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