SMACNA urged the leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate to incorporate energy efficiency at the start of infrastructure proposals. If they do not, Congress runs the risk of locking in decades of high costs and unnecessary energy waste for the duration of the physical infrastructure our economy needs to remain prosperous in the 21st century.
In a letter, SMACNA and a host of like-minded industry associations and companies pledged their support and assistance in identifying existing and new energy efficiency proposals that would maximize taxpayer investment in infrastructure needs. These projects will have the potential to deliver benefits today, lower costs over time, and provide our children and grandchildren with a more sustainable future.
To make the best, most-efficient use of taxpayer investments in infrastructure, the group requested that Congress:
- Promote the adoption of updated building energy codes, high-performance buildings, and high-efficiency equipment.
- Expand opportunities for public-private partnerships to finance projects.
- Apply life-cycle cost-effectiveness analysis to all appropriate projects.