Architects Oppose Effort to Repeal Energy Reduction Law for Federal Buildings
Contact: John Schneidawind
For immediate release:
Washington, D.C., April 25, 2012 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today announced its opposition to a House proposal to eliminate Section 433 of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007.
The following statement should be attributed to AIA EVP and Chief Executive Officer Robert Ivy, FAIA:
“The AIA is opposed to efforts to weaken or eliminate Sec. 433 of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007. According to the DOE’s Energy Information Administration, buildings account for almost 40 percent of total U.S. energy consumption, more than both the transportation and industry sectors.
“Requiring significant energy reduction targets in new and renovated federal buildings demonstrates to the private sector that the federal government is leading by example.
- It is helping spur the development of new materials, construction techniques, and technologies to make buildings more energy efficient. And it is showing that significant energy reductions are both practical and cost-effective.
- Architects and their allied professionals are already succeeding in making federal facilities meet Sec. 433, including NREL’s new Research Support Facilities (RSF) in Colorado, which opened in 2010.
- The result is better energy performance for federal agencies and lower overall costs for taxpayers. More importantly, private sector owners are increasingly adopting these technologies and strategies for their buildings.
Weakening or repealing Sec. 433 with no deliberation or discussion will dramatically harm the federal government’s ability to design and build facilities that use less energy and protect the environment.”
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