The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today issued the following statement on the introduction of the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH.) Please attribute to AIA President Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA.

“It doesn’t make sense that a bill touted to encourage energy conservation throughout the economy would eliminate a federal requirement that requires new and newly renovated federal buildings to do just that.

“Repealing Section 433 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 is simply bad public policy. It eliminates the Federal Government from being able to lead by example worldwide when it comes to reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

“Our more than 85,000 member architects stand ready to work with the bill’s authors to support energy conservation legislation that has a meaningful impact. But the AIA, along with 1,000 other companies that opposed this repeal in the last session of Congress, cannot support this bill in its current form.”

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