What the Building Community Can Do

Town Planners

  • Pay close attention to the layout of building lots to allow for solar orientation and energy-efficient landscaping.
  • Suggest the redesign of new developments and renovations that do not consider the simple principles of renewable energy.
  • Assess how people will get to and from the development, or how effectively job and workplace opportunities are provided within the development.

Building Inspectors

  • Educate builders and planners about the ideas presented in this paper. Your efforts will increase local expectations for energy performance.
  • Enforce energy-efficiency standards.


  • Develop energy-efficient buildings that take advantage of renewable energy opportunities. Doing so will increase the marketability of your product, help your customers save money, and contribute to a healthier environment.

Real Estate Brokers

  • Promote energy-efficient buildings by educating the buyer and builder about the benefits of saving energy.
  • Highlight desirable energy features when marketing buildings or developments.
  • Emphasize the attractiveness and comfort of buildings that use renewable energy.


  • Educate building tradespeople about the advantages of renewable energy technologies and practices.
  • Work with tradespeople who promote environmentally responsible building.
  • Go beyond the energy codes in your community.


  • Exceed local building codes in terms of insulation, windows, mechanical units, and construction quality.
  • Educate owners, architects, inspectors, and others involved in the building trades.
  • Use durable, healthy building materials that come from local sources.
  • Minimize waste on the construction site.


  • Become knowledgeable about design practices that incorporate renewable energy and energy efficiency.
  • Educate clients and builders.


  • Provide energy-efficient, healthy materials.
  • Work to create a market for recycled products and renewable energy.
  • Promote interest in energy efficiency with educational displays and special incentives. 

We Need Your Support
to Make Change Happen

We can shift our nation away from dirty fossil fuels and toward cleaner, renewable sources of power—but not without you. Your generous support helps develop science-based solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future.