Financing our future with a green building bonanza

A national energy efficiency stimulus plan would spur jobs, GDP and innovation

If your financial advisor told you he had an investment that would give you a guaranteed 25 to 75% annual return, you would probably pounce on it. Most CEOs and their respective shareholders would also be keen to hear about that kind of opportunity.

We are in the early stages of a boom in energy-efficiency building retrofits that should be worth several hundred billion dollars globally, made possible by new cost-effective building technologies and faster, cheaper wireless communications, against a backdrop of escalating grid energy costs. The result is an economic business case for green building retrofits that deliver payback in just one or two years.

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