Pilgrim PlaceEnergy Efficiency Project

The Plan

Recognizing the critical role of buildings in the problem

The poor energy efficiency of buildings plays a far greater role in our energy and environmental crises than most people recognize. Consider:

Our country’s poor stewardship of energy heavily impacts
other major national problems. Consider:

• US oil and gas supplies have peaked as demand continues to rise.

• US reliance on foreign crude oil and natural gas imports is both a national security risk and an economically unsustainable policy. We currently import 66% of our daily consumption of fossil fuels at a cost of approximately $1 billion per day–leading many to foresee a worsening economic crisis in the

• This economic instability contributes to global political instability, as more countries jockey for control over fewer energy resources.

• These developments create massive pressure for the use of coal as an energy supply worldwide, leading to a further worsening of atmospheric, land and water pollution, as well as geological destruction.

• The looming depletion of natural resources, coupled with recession and job losses, has leaders everywhere searching for policies that can protect natural resources, reduce pollution, provide clean energy, and reduce global threats.

Recognizing the critical place of building retrofits in the solution


Buildings can now be made tighter and healthier, locally and nationally. Consider:
• Proven building retrofit solutions developed by building science are now incorporated and available in the US Department of Energy’s effective Home Performance with Energy Star Program.

• Experts say that if executed at scale and holistically, such proven energy efficiency measures will yield gross energy savings of more than $1.2 trillion, well above the $520 billion needed through 2020 for upfront investment.

• By executing proven efficiency measures in buildings, we can avoid constructing more energy plants, reduce environmental damage, create more comfortable and healthy buildings, eliminate vast capital expenditures, and provide a valuable window of time in which to develop and improve clean alternative sources of energy.

The problem and solution are now known, but few communities have yet acted boldly to implement this proven solution. The nation now needs models of such action – models that demonstrate the multiple benefits
of making our buildings energy efficient. This is the role Pilgrim Place is eager to play.