Energy Environment  
Report: Employment on Energy-  
Efficient Construction Projects Surges  
pproximately 32 percent of the  
Energy-efficiency employment: The production  
U.S. construction industry, in-  
.5 million employees in the  
or installation of energy-efficient products certified  
by the EPA’s Energy Star program or installed  
according to the program’s guidelines.  
cluding contract glaziers and installers  
of fenestration products,work on ener-  
gy-efficiency projects. That stat is part  
of a recent analysis by the U.S. Depart-  
ment of Energy. The agency’s second  
annual U.S. Energy and Employment  
Report (USEER) shows how changes  
in America’s energy profile are affect-  
ing national employment in key sectors  
of the economy.  
2.2 million Americans work in the  
design, installation and manufacture of  
energy-efficiency products and services.  
The energy efficiency  
products field added  
33,000 jobs in 2016.  
This report verifies the dynamic  
role that our energy technologies and  
infrastructure play in a 21st-century field that added 133,000 jobs in 2016. ciency-related work, rising from 64.8  
economy,” said David Foster, DOE se- Nearly 1.4 million energy-effi- percent in 2015 to 74 percent in 2016.  
nior advisor on industrial and eco- ciency jobs are in the construction Finally, an improved survey meth-  
nomic policy. industry. In addition, construction odology identified nearly 290,000  
Source: The 2017 USEER  
The 2017 USEER also shows that firms involved in the energy-effi- manufacturing jobs producing ener-  
.2 million Americans are employed, ciency sector have experienced an gy-efficient building materials (such as  
in whole or in part, in the design, in- increase in the percentage of their glass and glazing systems) and Energy  
stallation and manufacture of ener- workers who spend at least 50 per- Star-certified products (such as doors  
gy-efficiency products and services, a cent of their time on energy-effi- and windows) in the United States.  
There’s a misperception out there  
that energy efficiency is just feel-good  
stuff,” said Kateri Callahan, president  
of the Alliance to Save Energy. “But  
this report backs up what we’ve been  
saying for years, which is that this  
is an industry. There are more than  
PCR Released for Sealants  
in North America  
million people across the country  
he Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC), along with UL Environment as  
the program operator, have released a product category rule for seal-  
ants covering North America.  
with jobs in energy efficiency, from  
the local contractors weatherizing  
homes, to the factory workers making  
efficiency products like insulation and  
windows and appliances, to engineers  
who design building controls. These  
are good-paying U.S. jobs, and we can  
continue growing these numbers with  
smart efficiency policy in Washington.”  
The report also found that the ener-  
gy-efficiency sector is expected to add  
jobs, with 198,000 new hires projected  
for 2017. n  
The publication of the Product Category Rule (PCR) for sealants demon-  
strates that ASC is able to mobilize its membership to accomplish a task that  
is important for the continued use of sealants in sustainable applications  
within the building and construction industry,” says Steve Rosenberg, task  
group chairperson, ASC board member and senior vice president for risk qual-  
ity and sustainability management at Sika.  
PCRs define the rules and requirements for Environmental Product Dec-  
larations (EPDs) of a certain product category. They are vital for the concept  
of environmental declarations according to ISO 14025 as they enable trans-  
parency and comparability between different EPDs based on the same PCR.  
USGlass, Metal & Glazing | March 2017  

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