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Projected decline in U.S. buildings’ fuel use (with integrative design)


If the U.S. can leverage the best practices from integrative design in new construction and retrofits, the savings will be dramatic. U.S. buildings 2050 use of electricity and natural gas will be 60% less than it is today. The “Other Fuels” still being used in 2050 would not include oil—just firewood and occasional wastes, and a bit of bottled gas in rural areas that don’t have pipeline gas.


U.S. Energy Information Administration. 2010. Annual Energy Outlook 2010. Washington DC: U.S. Energy Information Administration, May 11. link

National Academy of Sciences. 2010. Real Prospects for Energy Efficiency in the United States. Washington DC: The National Academies Press. link

Ehrhardt-Martinez, K., K. A. Donnelly, and S. Laitner. 2010. Advanced Metering Initiatives and Residential Feedback Programs: A Meta-Review for Household Electricity-Saving Opportunities. American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, June.