Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Spring 2011


Tugrul Daim

Course Title

Energy Technology Innovation

Course Number

ETM 510


The energy consumption issues of the United States cannot be discussed without the inclusion of the energy needs in the building sector. Currently there are approximately 76 million residential structures and 5 million commercial structures in the United States [1]. As the population grows upward of 311 million people, the need for additional buildings will correspondingly increase [2]. Currently, buildings account for approximately 40% of total energy and 70% of electricity usage [4]. Additionally, the cost of energy in the United States has also been increasing. As the rest of world develops and industrializes, the demand for energy is going to increase due to the economic elasticity in the energy sector.


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