Advanced Building Technologies and the Role of Energy Efficiency Policies in Promoting Their Development and Application

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Building energy consumption can be significantly reduced by the use of today's many advanced technologies that are already developed but yet to be fully commercialized due to the existence of market barriers. Such technologies need the help of carefully designed policies to penetrate the market. Policy interventions are desirable because energy efficiency plays a fundamental role in climate change mitigation. This report first reviews the latest advanced building technologies and building-relevant energy technologies, and then examines the role of government incentives in promoting the development and application of these technologies in the United States and China.

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