The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently issued its 'top 10' list of legislation the organization says will help advance green building and the economic activity and jobs that would result.
The list includes bills that have been introduced in Congress in the last year that would facilitate innovative financing for homeowners and building owners to make efficiency improvements; increase and extend incentives for improving schools and existing building stock; and encourage job growth and training in new fields of building energy management and retrofits, the USGBC said.
The USGBC also honored Congressional members, including Rep. Ben Chandler, D-Ky., and Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, for their support of green building.
“Green building saves energy, water and money,” said Roger Platt, senior vice president of global policy & law, USGBC. “It is one of the most promising solutions to critical global issues such as climate change, resource depletion and dependence on foreign energy sources. These bills will create jobs and pump money into our economy.”
The USGBC top 10 list is topped by one major piece of legislation that has been signed into law—the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act—and spotlights nine other pending bills in the House and 10 in the Senate that are regarded as the best proposals to advance green building. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which became law last February, dedicates more than $22 billion for energy-efficiency projects, including $346 million for energy-efficient building technologies specifically.
The Top 10 list includes the following.
• The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act—signed into law
• The American Clean Energy and Security Act – Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.)
• The 21st Century Green High-Performing Public School Facilities Act – Ben Chandler (D-Ky.)
• The Expanding Building Efficiency Act – Dave Reichert (R-Wash.)
• The Property Assessed Clean Energy Tax Benefits Act — John Sarbanes (D-Md.)
• An Act to Enhance Private Financing for Clean Energy Technology Deployment – Steve Israel (D-N.Y.)
• The Energy Efficiency Modernization Act of 2009 – Mary Jo Kilroy (D-Ohio)
• The Water Accountability Tax Efficiency Reinvestment (WATER) Act – Michael Coffman (R-Colo.)
• The Livable Communities Act of 2010 – Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.)—pending introduction
• The Federal Personnel Training Act of 2010 – Russ Carnahan (D-Mo.)—pending introduction
• The Clean Energy and American Jobs Act – John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)
• The American Clean Energy and Leadership Act – Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)
• Energy Efficiency in Housing Act (EEHA) of 2009 – Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)
• The Livable Communities Act of 2009 – Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.)
• The Expanding Building Efficiency Incentives Act of 2009 – Olympia Snowe (R-Maine)
• The School Building Fairness Act – Tom Harkin (D-Iowa)
• Clean Energy for Homes and Buildings Act of 2009 – Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Richard Lugar (R-Ind.)
• The Energy Efficiency Modernization Act of 2009 – Michael Bennet (D-Colo.)
• The Water Accountability Tax Efficiency Reinvestment (WATER) Act of 2009 — Mark Udall (D-Colo.)
• The Federal Agency Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2009 – Susan Collins (R-Maine)
More information: www.usgbc.org.