GUEST COMMENTARY: More efficient buildings can reduce energy usage

Friday, May 3, 2013 | 6:13 p.m. CDT

Think about it — through thoughtful efficiency and elements of various styles of design we can eliminate or significantly reduce, to the point of near elimination, our electrical and some other utility resource usage. There is no longer a good reason to design or build any of our future homes and buildings otherwise. Buildings, as a category, are the largest energy users and carbon emitters in the world when compared to transportation and industry — specifically energy for heating, cooling and lighting. Building code upgrades will become "no-brainers" and will become embraced by all in our community.