President Obama Announces Better Buildings Initiative
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Submitted by EFC Team on February 3rd, 2011

Today at Pennsylvania State University President Obama unveiled an ambitious energy-efficiency proposal from his forthcoming budget to spur innovation, jump-start job growth, and deliver $40 billion in energy and consumer savings. Collectively, the steps are designed to make commercial buildings 20 percent more energy efficient by 2020.
Reid Detchon, Executive Director of the Energy Future Coalition, praised the President’s initiatives. “These steps are precisely targeted to unlock the tremendous energy savings available in commercial buildings throughout the country – from office buildings to fast-food restaurants,” he said. “Our Rebuilding America initiative has brought together building owners, contractors, and trade unions around just this kind of ambitious agenda.”
“The President called this our generation’s Sputnik moment, and rebuilding America’s offices and commercial buildings goes to the very heart of our economic competitiveness,” said Bracken Hendricks, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, a founding partner of the Rebuilding America coalition. “The building materials and advanced technology that go into energy efficiency retrofits have over 90% U.S. domestic content, and the firms that will create these jobs are mostly small businesses. The President’s Better Building Initiative will grow the market for cutting edge clean-energy technologies made here in America.”
“We applaud President Obama’s new energy policy to improve energy efficiency in commercial, multi-family and institutional buildings,” said Building Owners and Managers Association International Chair Ray H. Mackey, Jr., RPA, CPM, CCIM, partner and chief operating officer, Stream Realty Partners, L.P. “The initiative includes the critical business incentives, such as the commercial building tax credit and loan guarantees, that are key to meeting the energy efficiency goals of the plan. BOMA International has been a leader in energy efficiency for years, launching the 7-Point Challenge in 2007 which asked members to reduce energy consumption by 30% by 2012.”
“The need to put this country back to work and the need to retrofit our country’s industrial, commercial, institutional and residential buildings are two problems that, when combined, present an obvious solution,” said Michael Sullivan, General President of the Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association. “We support the President’s initiatives in this regard.”
The official White House fact sheet on the Better Buildings Initiative is here.
Read a statement by Senators Olypmia Snowe (R-Maine), Dianne Feinstein (D-California), and Jeff Bingaman (D-New Mexico) here.
For more information about the Rebuilding America Coalition, or to arrange an interview with any of its members, contact John Anthony at 202.778.1639 or via email at janthony@energyfuturecoalition.org.
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