The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and more than 600 of its architect members are lobbying members of Congress to secure $300 billion to support climate action and resilient design in the built environment.
“As Congress considers an infrastructure package, we urge them to inject desperately needed funding into public buildings, including schools, hospitals, federally backed affordable housing and civic centers,” says 2021 AIA President Peter Exley, FAIA. “As the pandemic stretches on, it sets our nation dangerously behind in addressing climate change. It also reinforces the urgent need to holistically adapt our nation’s buildings for resiliency and health. By making buildings a legislative priority, Congress can move the needle on climate action, make our buildings resilient to future shocks and stresses all the while stimulating our economy.”
During more than 300 virtual meetings with congressional staff and legislators last week, architects called on Congress to ensure that any upcoming infrastructure package includes $300 billion over five years for green infrastructure.
Additionally, AIA is urging Congress to prioritize grant applications that use existing buildings and low-carbon materials or follow the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) 2021 Zero Code Renewable Energy Appendix for new construction.
ZERO Code requires that new commercial, institutional, and mid- to high-rise residential buildings generate as much renewable energy as they use. Adoption of the Zero Code would raise the bar for new construction at this critical inflection point in the fight against climate change.
Overall, a robust infrastructure investment will stimulate the economy, create jobs, and boost consumer confidence, which is necessary to spurring an economic recovery.