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A $90 Million Funding Will Be Used For Green Building Codes Under The Biden Administration

A $90 Million Funding Will Be Used For Green Building Codes Under The Biden Administration (Photo: E&E News)

A $90 million in funding will be used for green building codes under the Biden administration.

Mitch Landrieu, Biden administration’s infrastructure implementation adviser (Photo: The New York Times)

Funding For Green Building Codes Under The Biden Administration

The Biden administration recently allocated $90 million in funding for green building codes, as per their announcement last Wednesday. The administration hopes to encourage local governments to adopt stronger building codes in accordance with the White House‘s climate strategy.

As reported by The Washington Post, the U.S. Department of Energy will grant funding to 27 different projects across the country. The largest grant, worth $9.6 million, will go to the nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy in Washington, D.C., which intends to create new energy-green building codes together with local governments.

According to a news release from the Department of Energy, the Biden administration predicts that green building codes would save utility costs for Americans by $138 billion over the next 30 years, all while improving community resilience during times of natural disasters.

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More On The Green Building Codes

Mitch Landrieu, the Biden administration’s infrastructure implementation adviser, expressed her thoughts on green building codes to the Post last Tuesday. He went on to add that “If the building codes are not appropriate, then the way people build — and what they build — actually produces a bad result when a bad thing happens”. Landrieu further stressed that poor construction could make buildings more prone to natural disasters and accidents caused by man.

According to the DOE, the grant money will be used mostly to pay for “education and training opportunities” for the implementation of green building codes. According to the Post, the Biden administration is trying to persuade local governments to take action by supporting these teaching opportunities even though it lacks the ability to impose national building codes, which are normally within the authority of states and other cities.

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