Last week, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) released a press release stating their opposition to a House proposal to eliminate Section 433 of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007. Basically, Section 433 is designed to free federal buildings from consuming fossil fuel-generated energy by 2030. Not surprisingly, the proposal is backed by the American Gas Association and the Federal Performance Contracting Coalition (FPCC), which includes members such as Chevron, Ameresco, Honeywell, and many more alike. However, as reported by Martin C. Pedersen on MetropolisMag.com, the surprising fact is that some of the FPCC members are participating in the 2030 challenge and many are considered prominent in the field of energy efficiency.
Continue reading after the break for AIA EVP and Chief Executive Officer Robert Ivy’s response.
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.”