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Building efficiency is the best way to reduce emissions, says WRI


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WRI (World Resources Institute) Ross Center for Sustainable Cities has launched a new report, Accelerating Building Efficiency: Eight Actions for Urban Leaders, which finds building efficiency is the most cost-effective way to reduce emissions in cities and urban leaders are the critical actors to unlock this change. “Building efficiency has often been an overlooked strategy because it requires a rethinking of business-as-usual away from thinking about single building transactions toward considering the whole lifecycle of a building and all the different actors involved,” said Eric Mackres, Manager, Building Efficiency Initiative, and co-author of the report. “Rather than thinking primarily about the costs and benefits of constructing, buying or leasing a building, an understanding of the benefits of efficiency shifts people toward also thinking about costs and benefits of operating a building over its lifetime.”

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