Last week’s announcement by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio that he wants to dramatically boost energy efficiency in the city’s buildings has garnered a lot of attention. His plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions calls for expanding the use of renewable energy sources, such as an 8-fold increase in private solar generation, and improving energy efficiency through upgrades and retrofits. Innovations in chemistry will play a critical role in any initiative to save energy in buildings. An ACC study found that building insulation alone can save up to 40 times the energy used to manufacture it. Solar power relies on silicon-based chemistry, and innovative new plastic solar panels are poised to reach the mass residential market. Learn more.