In a report, the USGBC said more than 30 federal programs could tapped to provide $72 billion for energy efficiency without writing new legislation.
The Obama administration has
the power to jump-start the sustainability of America’s apartments and commercial
buildings, the U.S. Green Building Council said today.
In a report, the USGBC
said more than 30 federal programs could tapped to provide $72 billion for energy
efficiency without writing new legislation.
“As an early adopter of green buildings and the LEED green
building certification system, the federal government has been a leader in bringing
green buildings to cities and towns across America,” said Roger Platt, the USGBC’s
senior vice president for global policy and law. “This new report unveils an
even larger opportunity for the Obama Administration to increase our nation’s
energy efficiency, while creating thousands of jobs and saving taxpayers
Among the options the report recommends:
Strengthening minimum property standards for federal housing
and economic development programs to reflect energy efficiency and
Improving performance standards
applicable to federal buildings and leases.
“Greening” federal banking regulation.
The report was prepared by Van Ness Feldman and sponsored by
the Real Estate Roundtable, UDR, Johnson Controls Inc., Energy Foundation, Building
Owners and Managers Association International, the American Institute of
Architects, Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association,
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), International Facility Management Association,
Energy Future Coalition and C3.
The report can be readhere .
Report: U.S. has power to turn housing 'green'
April 29, 2010