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Better Buildings Challenge

Description:
A governmental challenge to build better, more energy efficient buildings. This is the link to the main site within the U.S. Department of Energy which has a comprehensive overview of the challenges goals and outcomes.

Related Topics:
1. Energy is a physical quantity that follows precise natural laws.
2. Physical processes on Earth are the result of energy flow through the Earth system.
3. Biological processes depend on energy flow through the Earth system.
5. Energy decisions are influenced by economic, political, environmental, and social factors.
6. The amount of energy used by human society depends on many factors.
7. The quality of life of individuals and societies is affected by energy choices.
4. Various sources of energy are used to power human activities.

Associated Grade Levels:
9-1011-12Public

Related Sub-Topics

3.6 Humans are part of Earth’s ecosystems and influence energy flow through these systems.

6.8 Amount of energy used can be calculated and monitored.

4.5 Humans generate electricity in multiple ways.

1.7 Many different units are used to quantify energy.

7.6 Some populations are more vulnerable to impacts of energy choices than others.

5.1 Decisions concerning the use of energy resources are made at many levels.

5.4 Energy decisions are influenced by economic factors.

6.5 Social and technological innovation affects the amount of energy used by human society.

7.3 Environmental quality is impacted by energy choices.

5.7 Energy decisions are influenced by social factors.

1.5 Energy comes in different forms and can be divided into categories.

6.6 Behavior and design affect the amount of energy used by human society.

7.4 Increasing demand for and limited supplies of fossil fuels affects quality of life.

4.1 Humans transfer and transform energy from the environment into forms useful for human endeavors

7.1 Economic security is impacted by energy choices.

3.1 The Sun is the major source of energy for organisms and the ecosystems of which they are a part

4.6 Humans intentionally store energy for later use in a number of different ways.

6.3 Human demand for energy is increasing.

4.2 Humans use of energy is subject to limits and constraints.

5.5 Energy decisions are influenced by political factors.

6.4 Earth has limited energy resources.

5.2 Energy infrastructure has inertia.

6.1 Conservation of energy has two very different meanings.

6.7 Products and services carry with them embedded energy.

7.2 National security is impacted by energy choices.

2.7 The effects of changes in Earth’s energy system are often not immediately apparent.

4.7 Different sources of energy and different ways energy is transformed, transported, and stored.

5.3 Energy decisions can be made using a systems-based approach.

6.2 One way to manage energy resources is through conservation.

4.4 Humans transport energy from place to place.

5.6 Energy decisions are influenced by environmental factors.

7.5 Access to energy resources affects quality of life.