In Focus

Election 2020:

Where Candidates for Congress Stand

Colorado

4TH DISTRICT

Isaac McCorkle

Democratic

U.S. House, Colorado 4

 

1.         WHAT ARE THE BEST WAYS THAT CONGRESS CAN HELP TO REDUCE THE ENERGY AND WATER CONSUMPTION OF BUILDINGS TO HELP MAKE THEM MORE SUSTAINABLE?

 

The best way that Congress members can help in this regard is by supporting the Green New Deal and by working with key stakeholders to get building codes changed

 

2. WHICH OF THESE SUSTAINABLE BUILDING POLICIES DO YOU SUPPORT AND WOULD WORK TO ENACT IF ELECTED?

 

a. Set benchmarking requirements for commercial buildings and encourage cities and states to adopt performance-based standards for buildings,

b. Provide rebates to homeowners who invest in energy efficiency improvements,

c. Provide incentives to states and localities to adopt the most up-to-date energy building codes,

d. Renew and expand tax incentives for energy efficient buildings,

e. Require federal buildings to meet aggressive energy efficiency and carbon reduction targets,

f. Provide support to states and localities to make buildings more resilient from natural hazards and disasters,

g. Invest in the retrofitting of schools, community centers, libraries and other civic buildings to improve occupant safety and reduce energy consumption, especially in underserved communities,

h. Conduct research into the most promising technologies, products and materials that improve occupant health and reduce transmission of contagious disease while saving energy,

I. We would hope to enact all of these and more by supporting legislation like the Green New Deal

 

3.         IF ELECTED, WHAT STEPS WILL YOU TAKE TO ENSURE THAT ALL AMERICANS, REGARDLESS OF SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS, ARE ABLE TO BENEFIT FROM HEALTHY AND SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS?

 

Housing is a human right. I would utilize my power as an elected official to encourage HUD to take steps to improve the sustainability of their buildings

 

4.         IF ELECTED, WHAT STEPS WILL YOU TAKE TO TRAIN AND PREPARE PEOPLE FOR CLEAN ENERGY JOBS THAT ADVANCE SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS AND BUILDING COMPONENTS?

 

I would work to pass the Green New Deal. Additionally to have new building codes that promote the use of green energy.  Pass Federal mandate that all new construction be equipped with solar and built with sustainable practices.

 

5.         ARE YOU WILLING TO WORK WITH THE BUILDING SECTOR TO MAKE SURE THAT TRANSFORMING BUILDINGS IS PART OF THE POLICY DEBATE IN CONGRESS, INCLUDING JOINING CAUCUSES THAT ADVOCATE FOR SUSTAINABLE BUILDING POLICIES? IF YES, HOW WILL YOU DO THAT?

 

Yes, will engage with all organizations, legislators, constituents, and stakeholders in the building sector and construction industries to promote and mandate the use of sustainable policy and practices.

 

6.         DO YOU HAVE ANY PREVIOUS EXPERIENCES RELATED TO SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS (E.G., SUPPORTING LEGISLATION IN ELECTED OFFICE, MADE ENERGY EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENTS TO A HOME, OFFICE, COMMUNITY-WIDE, ETC.)?

 

I installed a 12K solar system on my home in California and engaged in successfully passing HOA policy that conformed with California's legal requirements for roof reflectivity. National standards like these rules that allow only certain roof colors need to be adopted.

5TH DISTRICT

Jillian Freeland

Democratic

U.S. House, Colorado 5

 

1.         WHAT ARE THE BEST WAYS THAT CONGRESS CAN HELP TO REDUCE THE ENERGY AND WATER CONSUMPTION OF BUILDINGS TO HELP MAKE THEM MORE SUSTAINABLE?

 

We can create programs to incentivize updates to existing buildings to increase energy and water use efficiency, improve building envelopes, increase the use of renewable resources, and increase consumer education to improve human behavior. We also need to update codes to discourage the installation and maintenance of non-native landscaping. Additionally, we should incentivize energy efficiency, distributed generation of electricity, and responsible landscaping in new builds.

 

2. WHICH OF THESE SUSTAINABLE BUILDING POLICIES DO YOU SUPPORT AND WOULD WORK TO ENACT IF ELECTED?

 

a. Set benchmarking requirements for commercial buildings and encourage cities and states to adopt performance-based standards for buildings,

b. Provide rebates to homeowners who invest in energy efficiency improvements,

c. Provide incentives to states and localities to adopt the most up-to-date energy building codes,

d. Renew and expand tax incentives for energy efficient buildings,

e. Require federal buildings to meet aggressive energy efficiency and carbon reduction targets,

f. Provide support to states and localities to make buildings more resilient from natural hazards and disasters,

g. Invest in the retrofitting of schools, community centers, libraries and other civic buildings to improve occupant safety and reduce energy consumption, especially in underserved communities,

h. Conduct research into the most promising technologies, products and materials that improve occupant health and reduce transmission of contagious disease while saving energy

 

3.         IF ELECTED, WHAT STEPS WILL YOU TAKE TO ENSURE THAT ALL AMERICANS, REGARDLESS OF SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS, ARE ABLE TO BENEFIT FROM HEALTHY AND SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS?

 

We should prioritize marginalized and underfunded communities for programs to improve buildings and expand distributed generation of electricity. We must ensure that credit ratings do not prohibit low income Americans from using financing or paying exorbitant interest rates in order to make building updates and installing solar panels where appropriate affordable.

 

4.         IF ELECTED, WHAT STEPS WILL YOU TAKE TO TRAIN AND PREPARE PEOPLE FOR CLEAN ENERGY JOBS THAT ADVANCE SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS AND BUILDING COMPONENTS?

 

I would work with unions to expand and develop apprenticeship training to help people transition into the clean energy economy. We must ensure that training is complete and fair to both the apprentice and the educator. We must be deliberate as we transition away from fossil fuels so that we don't leave the people who have been working to power our communities behind.

 

5.         ARE YOU WILLING TO WORK WITH THE BUILDING SECTOR TO MAKE SURE THAT TRANSFORMING BUILDINGS IS PART OF THE POLICY DEBATE IN CONGRESS, INCLUDING JOINING CAUCUSES THAT ADVOCATE FOR SUSTAINABLE BUILDING POLICIES? IF YES, HOW WILL YOU DO THAT?

 

Yes, I will seek out caucuses and committees that can impact sustainable building practices.

 

6.         DO YOU HAVE ANY PREVIOUS EXPERIENCES RELATED TO SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS (E.G., SUPPORTING LEGISLATION IN ELECTED OFFICE, MADE ENERGY EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENTS TO A HOME, OFFICE, COMMUNITY-WIDE, ETC.)?

 

I was a very vocal participant in the public comment process for Colorado Springs Utilities that shifted our method of generating electricity away from coal (the Martin Drake Coal Plant will be closed by 2023 and the Nixon plant by 2030) and replacing it with renewables. The board president stated that the decision to go renewable (instead of installing natural gas generation stations) was a result of public support and pressure.

We chose our family home because of its great potential for both passive and active solar energy; it has fantastic southern exposure to keep the home warm in winter and cool in summer. We also installed a large bank of solar panels and minimize our energy usage through insulation, a programmable thermostat, and teaching our kids to turn off lights when they leave a room.

In my capacity as HOA President I spearheaded a project to remove sod and replace it with xeriscaping. This saves an immense amount of water. I am also working to amend the developer's covenants that mandate sod in the front yard of every home to allow for xeriscaping.

6TH DISTRICT

Steve House

Republican

U.S. House, Colorado 6

 

1.         WHAT ARE THE BEST WAYS THAT CONGRESS CAN HELP TO REDUCE THE ENERGY AND WATER CONSUMPTION OF BUILDINGS TO HELP MAKE THEM MORE SUSTAINABLE?

 

Provide incentives for water use reductions and energy use reductions such as tax credit for capital expenditures directly related water and energy use.

 

2. WHICH OF THESE SUSTAINABLE BUILDING POLICIES DO YOU SUPPORT AND WOULD WORK TO ENACT IF ELECTED?

 

b. Provide rebates to homeowners who invest in energy efficiency improvements,

c. Provide incentives to states and localities to adopt the most up-to-date energy building codes,

d. Renew and expand tax incentives for energy efficient buildings,

f. Provide support to states and localities to make buildings more resilient from natural hazards and disasters,

g. Invest in the retrofitting of schools, community centers, libraries and other civic buildings to improve occupant safety and reduce energy consumption, especially in underserved communities,

h. Conduct research into the most promising technologies, products and materials that improve occupant health and reduce transmission of contagious disease while saving energy

 

3.         IF ELECTED, WHAT STEPS WILL YOU TAKE TO ENSURE THAT ALL AMERICANS, REGARDLESS OF SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS, ARE ABLE TO BENEFIT FROM HEALTHY AND SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS?

 

I believe that if incentives are appropriate for building owners that will allow for a healthy environment. For neighborhoods and housing developments, especially in low income areas, we need a set of standards for air quality and land use so that garbage is not mismanaged or contributing to bad environmental conditions and unhealthy environments.

 

4.         IF ELECTED, WHAT STEPS WILL YOU TAKE TO TRAIN AND PREPARE PEOPLE FOR CLEAN ENERGY JOBS THAT ADVANCE SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS AND BUILDING COMPONENTS?

 

I don't think this is a congressional function but I would use the voice of a congressman to encourage the private sector to develop curriculum for clean energy jobs and frankly I think the clean energy industry is going to grow fast enough that the demand will drive supply of new education in this area.

 

5.         ARE YOU WILLING TO WORK WITH THE BUILDING SECTOR TO MAKE SURE THAT TRANSFORMING BUILDINGS IS PART OF THE POLICY DEBATE IN CONGRESS, INCLUDING JOINING CAUCUSES THAT ADVOCATE FOR SUSTAINABLE BUILDING POLICIES? IF YES, HOW WILL YOU DO THAT?

 

I think it is important to be part of this discussion and I would join into policy debate about it. Advocating for specific policies involving water use reduction is very important to me. Other issues require more study on my part.

 

6.         DO YOU HAVE ANY PREVIOUS EXPERIENCES RELATED TO SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS (E.G., SUPPORTING LEGISLATION IN ELECTED OFFICE, MADE ENERGY EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENTS TO A HOME, OFFICE, COMMUNITY-WIDE, ETC.)?

 

I work in African countries and help support new water infrastructure in places like Kenya. I am an advocate here in the US for asphalt shingle recycling which is now occurring in Fremont Colorado. I am also an advocate for bio-char as a water use reduction strategy.

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