AGC Details Measures to Improve Environmental
Performance of Nation's Construction
April 28, 2010
According to a new green construction plan released by the Associated
General Contractors of America (AGC), the nation's buildings and
infrastructure will become more efficient, significantly reducing
greenhouse gas emissions and cutting energy consumption. The plan
outlines measures designed to stimulate demand for green construction
projects, boost infrastructure capacity and improve building efficiency
and green construction practices.
The plan, called "Building a Green Future," identifies
measures public officials, developers and the construction community
must take to lessen the impact of our built environment on our natural
environment. Measures in the plan include doubling existing energy
efficiency tax credits for commercial buildings; passing the Building
Star program that invests $6 billion in improving the efficiency
of commercial buildings this year; and speeding reviews and boosting
local tax credits for green building projects.
According to David D'Hondt, executive vice president of AGC's Washington
state chapter, the plan also calls for public building projects
to incorporate environmental solutions and for the federal government
to make pragmatic investments in research and technology. The plan
also calls for accelerated approval for new sustainable forms of
power generation, including nuclear, wind and geothermal power facilities,
and it urges contractors to recycle more building materials and
D'Hondt said that the plan was needed to reduce the impact the nation's
built environment has on the natural environment. He noted, for
example, that buildings contribute 35 percent of CO2 emissions while
clogged roads and transit systems account for 27 percent of domestic
energy consumption, 27 percent of greenhouse gas emissions and 2.8
billion gallons of wasted fuel each year.
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