Executive seeks green-building code

Associated Press / April 27, 2009
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HARTFORD - The chairman of United Technologies Corp. will join other executives today to urge governments and industry to adopt building codes to boost energy efficiency in buildings worldwide.

George David will attend a forum in Paris that is expected to call on governments, building developers, and others to cut energy use in buildings to slow global climate change.

"There's a lot of stuff that can be done now with financial paybacks today," he said.

Buildings account for 40 percent of the world's energy use, emitting more carbon than do cars and other types of transportation, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development says.

"We have to realize cars are a quarter of the problem," David said. "But unlike cars where solutions are 10, 20 years in the future, the solution with buildings is now."

David will press for efficiency codes for buildings that would define the maximum amount of acceptable energy consumption, could add 5 percent to the cost of US buildings, he said.

The business council said its research shows that energy use in buildings can be cut by 60 percent by 2050.