3. Building smarter and more efficiently
While we each work to improve residential energy efficiency, we must also make sure that institutions, cities and states are maintaining high efficiency standards for their infrastructure.
Environment North Carolina is working to improve building codes so that all new buildings are constructed to meet zero net energy by 2030. That would mean that every new building constructed just a decade from now will be able to produce all the energy it needs onsite from solar panels or wind turbines.
To achieve this goal, we must set an ambitious agenda. Our team of researchers, advocates and organizers is working to promote investment in energy retrofits and weatherization to improve the efficiency of existing buildings by 30 percent by 2030. In addition to increased efficiency, we will provide resources and reduce energy consumption in existing buildings by 50 percent by 2050.