Architects Issue Statement on House Energy and Commerce Committee Mark-Up of Energy Bill

AIA Opposes Legislation That Guts Energy Conservation Goals for Federal Buildings

Washington, D.C. – October 1, 2015 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) today issued the following statement on the mark-up yesterday of energy legislation before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The committee voted to gut a key energy conservation regulation of the Energy Independence and Security Act – one that would have set goals for reducing fossil fuel use in new and renovated federal buildings by 2030.

Please attribute to AIA President Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA:

"We are disappointed that the Committee voted to repeal Section 433 of the Energy Independence and Security Act. Repealing this provision undermines good public policy, a policy that makes sense especially to taxpayers who want to curb government spending and keep taxes in check.

“The AIA stands ready to support legislation that keeps energy conservation goals for the federal government and positions the United States as a leader globally in conserving resources. But we will continue to oppose legislation that only encourages use of fossil fuels at great cost to the environment.”

About The American Institute of Architects
Founded in 1857, the American Institute of Architects consistently works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public wellbeing. Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders, and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit

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