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Energy Department Releases Federal Blueprint to Decarbonize the U.S. Building Sector

The Department of Energy (DOE) released “Decarbonizing the U.S. Economy by 2050: A National Blueprint for the Buildings Sector,” a comprehensive plan to reduce greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions from buildings by 65% by 2035 and 90% by 2050.

To reach the overall emissions reduction targets for the buildings sector, the Blueprint sets four strategic objectives: (1) increasing building energy efficiency; (2) accelerating onsite emissions reductions; (3) transforming the interactions between buildings and the electricity grid; and (4) minimizing the emissions from producing, transporting, installing, and disposing of building materials. Each objective has specific performance targets and market, policy, and technology milestones to reach by 2035 and 2050 and DOE notes these targets will require accelerated deployment of a wide range of decarbonization and energy efficiency technologies.

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