Commercial buildings are incredibly inefficient, resulting in massive amounts of wasted energy, resources and expenditures. In fact, the average commercial building wastes about 30 percent of the energy used to run it. And since operations of commercial buildings account for 19 percent of the energy and 36 percent of the electricity used in the U.S. annually, and cost more than $190 billion in energy every year, improving building efficiency can go a long way in curbing energy consumption and costs. What does this mean for financial savings and return on investment (ROI)? The Rocky Mountain Institute found that energy costs can be reduced by $1.9 trillion with building-efficiency investments of $0.5 trillion (2010 present value), which translates into a 38 percent reduction in energy costs, a net savings of $1.4 trillion and a nearly triple ROI. Further, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) found that green-building owners boosted their ROI by 19.2 percent for existing projects and 9.9 percent for new ones.
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