Today, Congresswoman Judy Biggert (R-IL) and Congressman Russ Carnahan (D-MO), members of the House Committee on Science and Technology and Co-Chairs of the Congressional High-Performance Buildings Caucus, held a field hearing to discuss ongoing efforts to expand renewable energy integration in buildings.
Biggert and Carnahan heard from leading green building practitioners on federal efforts to assist in the incorporation of renewable energy systems in buildings and urged strong support for greater research and deployment in the building sector.
"High-performance buildings not only conserve resources, they are designed to last longer, increase productivity, and reduce costs over time," said Biggert, Senior Member of the House Science and Technology Committee. "Builders in Illinois and around the country are accomplishing amazing things by integrating cutting-edge renewable energy technologies into modern designs for homes, factories, and offices. Today's hearing is about casting a spotlight on building initiatives that maximize energy savings while creating new, green jobs right here in America's heartland. I'd like to thank my Co-Chair of the Congressional High-Performance Buildings Caucus, Russ Carnahan, for working with me to bring this important hearing to Chicago."
"Sustainability and energy conservation isn't just about the air we breathe or the water we drink. It's about saving money for families, businesses and taxpayers," said Rep. Russ Carnahan. "There are remarkable strides being made in this field. By sharing and learning from each other, we can help advance technologies and practices that will create jobs and encourage growth that is smarter, more efficient, and more sustainable. I am thrilled that we can approach this issue from a bipartisan standpoint. I believe strongly that Americans are at our best when we work together to solve our problems, and sustainability and energy independence are challenges that should -- and must - transcend party politics."
"We don't have twenty years for this new technology to become the standard for how we build our new buildings and fix our existing ones," said Daniel Cheifetz Chief Executive Officer Indie Energy Systems Company. "Fortunately, the need is recognized, and there is a huge pent up demand."
Today's hearing kicks off a full week of focused discussions on public and private sector green building activities in Chicago, Ill. where the U.S. Green Building Council is holding its annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo starting Nov.17. Greenbuild 2010 will feature an array of inspiring speakers and more than 100 education sessions and the world's largest exhibit hall devoted to green building with over 900 exhibiting companies with over 1,800 booths showcasing the latest in innovative, cutting-edge products and services.