In recent years the growing national interest to reduce energy costs in the housing sector has led to increased activity in the retrofit of multifamily buildings to make them more energy efficient. Not only do more energy efficient buildings reduce costs to tenants and contribute to a healthier environment, they also provide an economic development benefit.
With prospects of accelerated growth in the multifamily retrofit market, the BlueGreen Alliance Foundation is conducting a project designed to identify the job creation and economic development benefits that can be generated as a result of increased manufacturing activity in building products that contribute to energy efficiency. The information provided in this handbook is a useful tool for state economic development officials, contractors sourcing energy efficiency products and manufacturers looking to diversify their product lines.
This report, examining the broad range of energy efficient products, their supply chains and market opportunities, complements our database/website, which contains information on some 1,300 companies and completes the first phase of our project. In addition, the handbook includes a special section on energy efficient products containing harmful chemicals that may be hazardous to the health of tenants and installers.