House Passes Clean Energy and Security Act, New Opportunities for Green Building Abound
Written by: Ambika at buildaroo.com
For months those of us interested in sustainability have been waiting to see whether the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 would become more than just a file on President Obama's desk. Well, wait no longer because the House of Representatives passed the historic bill on June 26, 2009 by a 219-212 vote. The Act gives funds to improving energy efficiency throughout the country, creates greater efficiency in building codes, directs the EPA to develop a building energy performance labeling program, and directs to EPA to develop a Building Retrofit Program (REEP) for energy and environmental standards developed in consultation with the Secretary of Energy. It's all part of the government's initiative to promote create clean energy jobs, achieve energy independence, and transition to a clean energy economy.
We at buildaroo commend the government's work, but what does it mean for green building? For one thing, it certainly accelerates the pace and benefits of green building at large. Hopefully, the programs developed in response to the act will create significant incentives to build green. Furthermore, the act will create a serious increase green building jobs, which fuels the green economy and makes green building the solution to both our energy and economic problems. Buildings account for 40% of our energy consumption and buildaroo agrees that green building is the answer to our nation's cry for energy. Let's hope the Clean Energy and Security Act helps green building grow as it should! All that's left now is approval from the Senate.
Want some more information about the newly passed bill? Check out the USGBC's summary of the American Clean Energy and Security Act or Open Congress where you can read the bill in its entirety!