The building construction industry (including all kinds and sizes of buildings) employs over 4 million U.S. workers, about 2% of whom are estimated to be working on improving building efficiency. Reinventing Fire envisions major investment in the buildings sector to improve energy efficiency in both new and existing buildings. This investment in efficiency leads to increased jobs in the energy-efficiency segment of the construction industry. In addition, owners’ lower energy bills will increase their disposable income. These savings will be spent throughout the wider—and on average more job-intensive—economy, thus creating net jobs.
Overall, the net effect of Reinventing Fire on the buildings sector is an increase in jobs. Induced job creation may deliver a much larger portion of this effect than direct/indirect job creation.