COP21 & The Price of Efficient Buildings

Typical contracting methods favor the lowest bidder. If the building sector continues to operate this way, we cannot expect the built environment—currently responsible for 1/3 of global greenhouse gas emissions—to make gains in efficiency. Why? Energy efficiency adds upfront costs during construction, even though it’s highly profitable in the long term. Those who choose to build efficiently position themselves as contributors to a better world, both environmentally and economically.

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