Analysis of US Commercial Buildings’ Energy Efficiency Programs

Ofori-Boadu, Andrea N., Shofoluwe, Musibau A., Owusu-Manu, De-Graft, Holt, Gary David and Edwards, David (2015) Analysis of US Commercial Buildings’ Energy Efficiency Programs. Built Environment Project and Asset Management, 5 (4). pp. 349-362. ISSN 2044-124X

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to investigate relationships between five energy efficiency programs and electricity intensities in the US commercial buildings sector. Design/methodology/approach: Regression methods analyze state-level secondary data from 2006 through 2009 to identify significant energy program drivers of electricity efficiency. Findings: Combined, the five programs studied account for approximately nine percent reduction in commercial electricity intensity. Practical implications: Outcomes will inform stakeholders’ decision-making regarding adoption or continuation of energy programs. Social implications: Electricity efficiency gains will help reduce negative environmental aspects and the present dependence on foreign oil. Originality/value: Very little research has considered the impact of multiple programs on commercial electricity efficiency within their complex implementation environment.

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