Buildings are some of the biggest consumers of energy in the United States. The Southeast has some of the nation’s highest energy bills, while having some of the lowest rates, leaving over 33% of Southerners grappling with energy insecurity. Optimizing the use of energy within the built environment through energy efficiency measures not only improves the performance of our homes and workplaces, it also reduces energy bills and provides comfortable, healthy indoor environments where we can work, live, and play.
SEEA provides technical assistance, education, and resources that inform business leaders, policymakers, and building occupants about their use of energy and the impact that improved energy efficiency can have on day-to-day life. Working with a range of stakeholders across the Southeast, SEEA has conducted evidence-based research and developed programs to assist those making decisions about the built environment on issues that include:
- Residential and commercial building energy code adoption and compliance
- Residential and commercial building energy code education
- Program design for advanced building technologies
- Regional trends in the built environment sector
- How to make buildings healthier and safer for occupants
- Improving energy affordability and access
If you have questions about SEEA’s built environment work or would like to discuss how our team can assist you or your organization, please contact Maggie Kelley Riggins.
Energy Efficiency Policy
SEEA’s policy work focuses on state, local and utility policy for the purpose of advancing energy efficiency progress and opportunities across the region.
SEEA’s work with residential, commercial and industrial buildings addresses building energy codes and their impact on building resilience, health, comfort and affordability.
Energy Efficient Transportation
SEEA’s efforts to advance energy efficient transportation address policy, programs, outreach, charging infrastructure, and technical assistance.
SEEA’s pool of legacy ARRA funds are currently invested in five community projects that were selected for their potential to deliver significant energy efficiency gains.