Improving the Energy Performance of Buildings: Learning from the European Union and Australia

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Rand Corporation, 2009 - Architecture - 43 pages
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This study examines how policies to increase energy efficiency in buildings in the European Union and Australia have worked and draws implications for the design of similar public policies for the United States. It appears that effective policies to promote energy efficiency can be devised using information disclosure, building codes, financial incentives, and benchmarking. Insights are presented to help designers of analogous U.S. policies.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER ONE Introduction
1
CHAPTER TWO European Approaches
7
CHAPTER THREE Australian Approaches
13
CHAPTER FOUR Key Issues in Buildings Energy Efficiency Programs
19
CHAPTER FIVE Conclusions
33
APPENDIX List of Interviewees
39
References
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JOE JENKINS owns and operates a slate roofing firm in western Pennsylvania where he has personally worked on over a thousand slate roofs. He provides slate roof consulting services nationwide. An international lecturer and award-winning author of three books. He lives with his wife and children on their 143 acre, slate-roofed homesite in western Pennsylvania.