Today's buildings consume more energy than any other part of our economy. Residential and commercial buildings account for 40 percent of total energy use and 65 percent of electricity use in the United States.
But many who live and work in our nation's buildings are adopting the guidelines of the U.S. Green Building Council - to become LEED certified. It's an innovative ratings system designed to encourage the construction of green buildings around the world.
Schools, manufacturing plants, homes, even skyscrapers can become LEED certified by meeting certain levels of sustainability, water conservation, and energy efficiency. Companies like Wells Fargo, Toyota and Frito Lay have invested in buildings that dramatically reduce energy and water use.
President Barack Obama and Energy Secretary Secretary Chu have announced a nearly three and a half billion dollar investment strategy. The funds will be used to expand the use of energy efficient technologies in major commercial buildings as well as new and existing homes.