Rising use of heating, air conditioning, lighting, and information technologies has made our buildings increasingly energy hungry. These systems far outstrip other applications as the number-one consumer of electricity. In fact, electricity accounts for up to 50% of CO2 emissions attributable to residential and commercial buildings. Under the Kyoto Protocol, industrialized countries have agreed to curb their CO2 emissions by 5.2% by 2012 and by 75% by 2050. Buildings are today a major source of potential energy savings that can help us meet these targets and protect our environment.
Boosting energy efficiency is the quickest, cheapest, and cleanest way to reduce both consumption and CO2 emissions. Making a building more energy efficient does not necessarily involve costly and disruptive changes to your installation. Based on existing building systems, it is possible to reduce energy consumption by an impressive 30% simply by implementing easy-to-use services and technologies already available.
CS strongly believes that improving the energy performance of buildings is a cost-effective way of fighting against climate change and improving energy security, while also saving on bills.
By using existing technologies, such as insulation, air tightness, ventilation, energy-efficient heating systems and renewable energy sources such as solar and/or geothermal energy, it is already possible to make buildings CO2 neutral – as well as improving the indoor climate for the buildings residents.
CS imagines a city where buildings are energy efficient and demand less energy and resources at the same time that are more comfortable; a city where everyone can live and work in healthy, safe, durable, energy efficient buildings.
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