Groups Oppose Special Interest Effort to Subvert Energy Efficiency Legislation

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The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and nearly 500 businesses from across the country today urged Congress to reject special interest efforts to repeal the law setting goals for reducing fossil fuel use in federal buildings by 2030.

The letter comes as energy committees in both houses of Congress begin hearings today on various pieces of energy legislation containing provisions that repeal Section 433 of the Energy Independence and Security Act.

“As we have said previously: efforts to gut federal energy laws in the name of energy efficiency just do not make any sense,” said AIA President Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA. “As this letter indicates, hundreds of companies oppose any legislation that would undermine taxpayers’ ability to save money by conserving energy.”

The letter states that design and construction companies across the country are already designing buildings that meet, and in some cases exceed, the current targets in Section 433. “In fact, Section 433 has enabled design firms to develop new design strategies that they are now using to help private-sector clients reduce their energy loads,” the letter states.