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Representatives Doyle and Bono Promote Energy Conservation with "Green Building" Bill

Location: Washington, DC

Representatives Doyle and Bono Promote Energy Conservation with "Green Building" Bill

Leading efforts to conserve energy in the Federal government, U.S. Representatives Mike Doyle (D-PA) and Mary Bono (R-CA) introduced the High-Performance Green Building Act, H.R. 5931, on July 27. This legislation would authorize the use of $50 million over five years to encourage the development and use of energy-efficient green buildings.

"At a time when we're all concerned about the cost of gasoline and other fuels, it's essential that Americans take action to make our country more energy-efficient," Representative Doyle said today. "High performance green building technology has the potential to significantly reduce U.S. energy consumption and the air pollution it produces - so we've introduced legislation to promote the widespread adoption of this essential technology."

"With energy costs reaching epic levels, developing clean energy solutions is critical," said Representative Bono. "The federal government should lead efforts to promote the construction of safe and environmentally sound buildings. This bipartisan legislation will not only save taxpayers' money but also encourage designs proven to have significant health and environmental benefits."

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, buildings in the United States account for 39 percent of total energy use, 70 percent of electricity consumption, 38.1 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, and 30 percent of raw material use.

The Doyle-Bono legislation would require all new federal building construction to comply with the most up-to-date green building technology. This bill would also expand existing federal research on green building technology and create a green building clearinghouse to provide all interested parties with the latest green building research.

"Even a modest improvement in our buildings' energy-efficiency could substantially reduce our nation's energy consumption and air pollution emissions," Representative Doyle said. "Such a change has other benefits as well -- green buildings have been shown to improve worker productivity and reduce employee health costs, for example."

"By implementing technology already available to us and expanding research on new designs, the High-Performance Green Building Act is an important step towards becoming a more energy efficient and independent nation," Representative Bono added.

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