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Trends in Carbon Emissions From US Residential and Commercial buildings: Implications for policy priorities
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
The analysis presented here summarizes carbon emissions and changes in those emissions by end-use in residential and commercial buildings. It demonstrates that the single most important area in the buildings sector is the "miscellaneous electricity" end-use. Eliminating growth in this end-use would suffice to keep buildings sector carbon emissions at 1990 levels through 2010. Reductions in all end-uses can be achieved by implementing efficiency standards, research and development, and market conditioning strategies.
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