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Buildings and Energy

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This session presents the fundamental physics of power and energy and discusses how and where buildings use energy. Topics addressed include the impacts of buildings using energy, measuring power and energy, energy flows in the United States, buildings and the electricity grid, reading an electricity bill, and energy codes. 

Course expires 03/05/2025

Learning Objectives


Discover how buildings account for 40% of total energy use in the United States and where this energy comes from


Gain insight on how electricity is delivered to buildings and how to read an electricity bill


Define the three main components of the power grid and how they work together to deliver electricity to buildings and other end users


Understand the role of building energy codes, standards, and voluntary programs in driving building efficiency

Brought to you in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.