WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 1, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Energy efficiency was a central focus for Congressman David B. McKinley, P.E., (WV-1) this week with a speech Tuesday, the introduction of comprehensive efficiency legislation Wednesday, and a White House signing ceremony for the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act today.
This afternoon, President Obama signed bipartisan legislation introduced by Reps. McKinley and Welch (D-VT) to encourage voluntary improvements in efficiency.
“While many of our challenges are complicated and won’t get solved overnight, energy efficiency is one area where we can find common ground. This is not a Democratic idea or a Republican idea – it’s just common sense,” said McKinley.
“We ought to be promoting building efficiency as a way to save energy, save money, and create jobs. Energy independence is a national security issue, and efficiency should be part of the solution,” McKinley said.
In addition to the proposal that was signed into law, Reps. McKinley and Welch introduced H.R. 2073, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act. This bipartisan bill modernizes the nation’s building codes; helps improve energy-use for businesses; and provides training for careers in efficient construction.
On Tuesday, Rep. McKinley spoke to the Quality Construction Alliance, a group of five construction industry associations visiting Washington. He called for greater cooperation on energy efficiency and highlighted how voluntary improvements can have huge impacts on business costs.