Americans need more solid information on energy efficiency and conservation to meet the current energy crisis as outlined by President Carter, a panel of experts agreed here recently.
A report on energy utilization and building technology to the Building Research Advisory Board of the National Research Council, also called for more information on capital costs related to energy conservation, as well as data on solar energy applications and product information.
This report, made by Gifford Albright, head of the department of architectural engineering at Pennsylvania State University, summed up the discussion of six panelists and audience participants at the one of the workshop sessions held recently at the International Inn.
Also spelled out was a need for policies and incentives for the residential public to retrofit for energy conservation.
The Albright reported also noted that there was an agreement by the panel that the public should be warned to avoid "fly-by-night" energy conservation "experts" who might tend to take advantage of the increasing interest in residential energy conservation by offering services that might be overpriced and under-valuable.
From a panel of policy demands on the building community, it was suggested that the government "ask itself about its role in the built environment." New home buyers should be also be quieried about their houses, it was suggested, there is a need to provide "natural incentives" to both consumers and builders and to recognize that housing is not a mass production industry, the group added.