Make Buildings Part of the Solution

September 26, 2019 – Millions of Americans woke up this morning in a house or apartment building. Parents sent their kids to learn in a schoolhouse, workers clocked in at office buildings and stores, travelers checked into hotels, patients recuperated in hospitals. This weekend, many of us will relax in a movie theater, engage in retail therapy at a shopping mall, and then pray in a house of worship.

Buildings play an integral part of our daily lives; there’s a good chance you’re reading this inside a building right now. According to the EPA, we spend 90 percent of our time indoors. Constructing and maintaining these buildings employs millions of people, and running them uses 40 percent of all energy produced in the country.

Yet in the federal policymaking process, buildings o

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