Green Buildings, Green Jobs

In developed countries, more than a third of all energy is used to heat, cool and illuminate buildings—efficiently or not. Increasing energy efficiency and reducing energy use in buildings will play an important part in any policies designed to improve energy security and limit the risks of climate change. In this podcast, Ambassador Charles Ries describes how Europe and Australia have used innovative policies to provide information on energy consumption by buildings to promote energy efficiency and discuss lessons the U.S. can learn from these efforts. Ries also discusses the effects of these policies on jobs in the building industry.