The USGBC's Top 10 Lists of Green Building Bills

The USGBC's Top 10 Lists of Green Building Bills

The U.S. Green Building Council released its Top 10 lists of green building legislation in the House and Senate today and honored Rep. Ben Chandler and Sen. Olympia Snowe for supporting energy efficiency and sustainable design in the buildings.

The USGBC's announcement comes just a year after the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was signed into law.

The Recovery Act, which heads the USGBC's Top 10 list for the House, provides for $787 billion in stimulus funds of which $22 billion has been set aside for energy efficiency projects, including $346 million for energy efficient building technologies.

{related_content}The organization is lauding Chandler, a Kentucky Democrat, for his work on H.R.3021, 21st Century High-Performing Public School Facilities Act and Maine Republican Snowe for her efforts involving S.1637, the Expanding Building Efficiency Incentives Act of 2009.

In the U.S., 39 percent of CO2 emissions come from buildings, which also account for 40 percent of energy consumption, 13 percent of water use and 15 percent of the GDP annually.

According to the USGBC, increased building efficiency can meet 85 percent of the country's future energy demands, and a nationwide commitment to green building could generate as many as 2.5 million jobs.

Here are the USGBC lists of the legislation that can do the most to advance that proposition:

House Legislation

Senate Legislation

Image courtesy of the Architect of the Capitol.