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 cut waste.

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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