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AIA Issues Support for Proposed Energy Package

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

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The American Institute of Architects has announced support for a recently proposed energy package from the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

The Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act (H.R. 4447) was proposed earlier this month and included input from the AIA to the committee over the last year, including testimony from architect Julie Hiromoto, AIA.

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The American Institute of Architects has announced support for a recently proposed energy package from the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

“Energy efficiency and energy sourcing are not a replacement for one another. We must address both,” said Hiromoto—who is a principle and director at HKS Architects—during her testimony to the committee.

“It is of paramount importance that buildings be built and renovated to consume less energy, and wherever possible, buildings should produce clean energy to put back into the energy grid. This is a mathematical necessity if this Committee is going to achieve its announced goal of a zero-carbon economy by 2050, but it is also more possible than ever before.”

Some of the aspects of the legislation include:

  • Establishing building training and assessment centers to provide support for architects and other professions in the building industry to learn new energy efficient design and technological best practices;
  • Amending Section 304 of the Energy Conservation and Production Act to require the secretary of energy to encourage and support the adoption of building codes by states and municipalities, and again provide training and technical assistance support for impacted building industry professions;
  • Re-establishing the energy efficiency targets of the ECPA with an updated baseline year, specifically, the legislation proposes requiring new federal buildings, “be designed to achieve energy consumption levels that are not less than 30 percent below the levels established in the most recently published version of the International Energy Conservation Code or the ASHRAE Standard, as of the date of enactment of the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act”; and
  • Maintaining the current requirement for federal buildings to phase out the use of fossil fuels by 2030.


Tagged categories: American Institute of Architects (AIA); Energy and Commerce Committee; Energy codes; Good Technical Practice; Government; Laws and litigation; NA; North America; Regulations

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