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Built Environment

A lot of energy consumption happens indoors, making buildings an important target for energy efficiency. And the energy efficiency toolkit is getting smarter: emerging innovations around building systems and grid-interactive technologies are combining with proven solutions like high-efficiency windows and insulation to make the promise of decarbonization a reality in the buildings sector. But to get there, we need to do more to push energy efficiency into the market.



The residential built environment is responsible for 21% of all U.S. energy consumption by end use, and accounts for approximately 20% of U.S. GHG emissions. Energy efficiency measures in the residential built environment can result in major reductions in energy use and emissions and can also add to greater energy affordability for homeowners and renters. Although the IRA provides significant investments to incentivize residential energy efficiency deployments and installments, including tax credits and rebate programs, more will be needed to achieve greater emissions reductions and energy savings, and to add increased reliability to the nation’s energy systems. Moreover, energy transition strategies (and U.S. climate policy more broadly) will need to lead with energy efficiency, including sealing the building envelope to ensure that relevant energy investments are appropriately sized, in addition to the deployment of Active Efficiency technologies to maximize energy efficiency output, including grid-interactive efficient buildings (GEBs), demand flexibility, virtual power plants, and other technologies.





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Energy efficiency is smart, nonpartisan, and practical. So are we. Our strength comes from an unparalleled group of Alliance Associates working collaboratively under the Alliance umbrella to pave the way for energy efficiency gains.


The power of efficiency is in your hands. Supporting the Alliance means supporting a vision for using energy more productively to achieve economic growth, a cleaner environment, and greater energy security, affordability, and reliability.