Do buildings use more energy than the cars that the employees drive?



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    In some limited cases it would depend on the building, but generally, yes. Energy is a huge cost of any building, sometimes comprising up to 30% of the building’s entire operating costs. Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) is often the number one consumer of energy in a building. Lighting and power for machines and facilities is another, and can be considerable if the building in question is an office with hundreds (or thousands) of computers, copy machines, coffee makers and other devices. Furthermore, most buildings don’t even use all the energy they consume, because so many buildings are inefficient and simply vent heat and power out of poorly-designed windows, open doors or underutilized spaces. All told the energy costs of a building far exceed the energy used in the cars that employees, tenants, or visitors would drive to get there. I could see limited circumstances where an extremely small or very green building, perhaps one that’s LEED-certified, might have such a small footprint that the auto usage to get there may conceivably exceed the building’s usage. However those types of situations would be very rare.

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