According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the buildings sector accounts for 31% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Public buildings, in particular, have the potential to greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These types of buildings, also known as Municipal, University, Schools, Hospitals (MUSH) tend to be the most energy intensive because they are typically large, old and have high electricity demand. For example, the EPA found that approximately a quarter of energy used in U.S. schools is wasted and facilities in low income areas are often the least efficient.
We have responded directly to the U.S. Department of Energy’s RFI questions around labor and have provided additional relevant information on equity levers and health criteria that are applicable to the buildings sector programs and that will receive significant funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.