US Department of Energy
We here at buildaroo.com were lucky enough to interview the US Department of Energy last week at PCBC 2009 about the newest energy standards and the Building America program. The US Department of Energy is our nation's regulator of energy standards. A little background about the organization:
The US DOE promotes energy security, nuclear security, scientific discovery, and environmental responsibility. At buildaroo.com, we're particularly concerned with their Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy branch. This branch is home to DOE's Building America program. Building America partners with the building industry to improve the energy efficiency of homes, through the adoption of advanced energy technologies. Their goal is to reduce the average energy usage in homes by 40-100%. The ultimate ideal is to build houses that produce as much energy as they consume - that is, a net zero energy home. This lofty achievement may still be a far in the future, but currently the program has been achieving its goal of reducing energy usage in homes by up to 40%, certainly no small feat.
For more information about how Building America works, visit http://www1.eere.energy.gov/buildings/building_america/about.html. Also be sure the check out the US Department of Energy's website at http://www.energy.gov/.