Nov 18, 2016: Ten more US cities have committed to reduce energy waste in buildings by joining the City Energy Project, a joint venture of the Institute for Market Transformation and Natural Resources Defense Council.
NEMA supports the City Energy Project, which came into existence in 2014as a national drive to create healthier environment in US cities by improving the energy efficiency of buildings. It encourages communities to implement building energy benchmarking and transparency regulations to encourage economic growth and to sustain local construction and manufacturing jobs.
10 US cities join NEMA project to reduce energy waste in buildings
The cities that joined the project recently are Des Moines, Iowa; Fort Collins, Colorado; Miami-Dade County, Florida; New Orleans, Louisiana; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Providence, Rhode Island; Reno, Nevada; San Jose, California; St. Louis, Missouri; St. Paul, Minnesota.
NEMA congratulated the cities and thanked them for taking the major step towards energy efficiency. Buildings consume 80% electricity and 40% energy in the US, and much of that is wasted, pointed out a NEMA spokesperson.
NEMA seeks to continue its collaborationwith the City Energy Project, along with these latest communities to support the adoption of energy efficiency technologies like LED lighting systems, building controls, variable-frequency drives and energy-efficient motors, the spokesperson added.
New York is the first US city to apply a building energy conservation system, according to 2016 survey conducted by NEMA. About 77%of New York’s facility managers made low- or no-cost changes to run their buildings more resourcefullydue to its benchmarking regulation. Further, 75% of facility managers invested in new energy-efficient equipment.