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High Performance Buildings Week!

from Catherine Treadwell Perry, J.D., Director of Government Relations

This past week was High Performance Building week! ASA Advocacy is a part of the High Performance Buildings Coalition, which is comprised of approximately 200 organizations that provide guidance and support to the High Performance Buildings Caucus of the U.S. Congress. We kicked things off with a Hill Day on Monday, then a reception for Congressional members and their staff on Wednesday, and a lunch briefing on Thursday. High Performance Buildings Week is important to ASA members because it brings more attention and awareness to the need of increased energy and water efficiency in the building and infrastructure environment, which in return leads to more sales for ASA members.

HPBC supports legislation and policies that protect life and property, promote innovative building technologies, enhance U.S. economic competitiveness, increase energy and water efficiency in the built-environment, advance sustainable and resilient communities, and support the development of private sector standards, codes and guidelines that address these concerns.

ASA Advocacy met with the offices of Senator Jeff Merkley (D, OR), Senator John Boozman (R-AR), Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), Senator Kevin Cramer (R- ND), Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), and Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT). The main issues that we concentrated on were promoting the growth of skilled trades and workers, to require federal infrastructure investment to be done at the latest codes and standards, ensuring the equal treatment of water efficiency rebates under tax law, and encouraging NIST’s water quality and efficiency research.

A trained workforce is critical to ensure infrastructure investments now and in the future are built to last and are well maintained. ASA and the coalition support, as part of a federal infrastructure investment, federal assistance for worker training for building professionals through both secondary and post- secondary education, as well as non-profit organization led instruction and certifications.

Adopting and effectively implementing current model building codes and standards is the nation’s best defense against natural disasters, saving lives, protecting public property, and reducing the need for future federal disaster assistance. This is why the coalition and ASA support requiring federal infrastructure investment to be done at the latest codes and standards.

Rebates from energy utilities are tax-exempt, but not rebates from water utilities. With the rapid growth of water-saving programs, millions of Americans face an unexpected tax bill once these rebates are reported to the IRS. This is why the coalition and ASA support ensuring the equal treatment of water efficiency rebates under tax law.

The design of premise plumbing systems in the United States is based in part on decades-old data. However, many important factors affecting these systems have changed and new technical information is needed to ensure that systems are designed, installed, and operated to maximize water efficiency, water quality, and energy efficiency. This is why the coalition and ASA support encouraging NIST’s water quality and efficiency research.

ASA is proud to be your voice in D.C.! Please let us know what issues are effecting your company. Contact Catherine Treadwell Perry, Director of Government Relations at ctreadwell@asa.net with your concerns. more


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