The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) advised Congress now it needs to function as a spouse with officials in all levels of government to promote energy efficiency, but also worried it is urgent that home affordability isn’t jeopardized in the procedure.

Testifying on behalf of NAHB prior to the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy, Arn McIntyre, a green builder out of Grand Rapids, Mich. , advocated Congress to encourage voluntary, market-driven and workable green building projects.

“These programs lower total ownership costs through utility savings as well as provide the flexibility builders need to construct homes that are cost-effective, affordable and appropriate to a home’s geographic location,” stated McIntyre.

New home building is a great deal more energy efficient compared to present building due to better insulating material, energy-efficient appliances and HVAC equipment, and other developments stemming from compliance with more contemporary and rigorous building codes. Therefore, McIntyre stated it’d make no sense to employ even more expensive and stringent energy conservation demands to brand new houses.

“Targeting new homes would harm housing affordability and encourage people to remain in older, less energy-efficient homes. In turn, this would result in higher energy usage, higher greenhouse gas emissions and lower standards of living,” McIntyre said. “Improving the energy efficiency of the 130 million homes built before 2010 that are much less energy efficient than today’s new homes is a much more effective approach to reduce carbon emissions and achieve energy savings.”

McIntyre also highlighted the following points to lawmakers:

  • Climate change mitigation programs which recognize and encourage voluntary-above code compliance for energy efficiency have an established history and show that mandates aren’t vital.
  • Mandating net zero or close net zero energy emissions or use is quite difficult, expensive and impractical in many if not all the country.
  • Any national intrusion to the construction codes adoption procedure might have a dramatic effect on each nations’ capability to execute the codes which best match their authority.
  • Incentives play a significant part in supplying home owners a cheap method to invest in energy efficiency.
  • Any national mandates could have a negative effect on home affordability and will stop wholesome competition in the market.
Jeff Thornton