If you went to the American Southwest this fall perhaps you got to see Al Gore and Sheryl Crow. But they weren’t the main attractions. Green building took center stage. The former vice-president and the singer/songwriter were on hand this month for the world’s largest conference dedicated to green building--Greenbuild 2009.
Consider this: buildings in the U.S., according to scientists at Berkeley Lab, consume 72 percent of electricity produced, and 55 percent of natural gas use. They account for about 40 percent of total U.S. energy consumption (costing $350 billion per year) and greenhouse gas emissions.