Where Candidates for Congress Stand
The building sector works every day to create and operate homes, schools, hospitals, offices and everything in between that save energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide healthy places to live, work and play.
With the right policies in place, we can cut the energy and water use in America’s buildings in half by 2040, creating millions of well-paying jobs, bringing manufacturing back and reducing the impacts of climate change.
Where do 2020 candidates for the U.S. House and Senate stand? Click on your state to find out.
Buildings play an integral part of our daily lives. According to the EPA, we spend 90 percent of our time indoors. Constructing and maintaining these buildings employs millions of people, and running them uses 40 percent of all energy produced in the country.
Making more efficient buildings a priority is not simply good for the environment — it’s good for the economy. According to the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, energy efficiency in buildings accounted for more than 2.2 million jobs in 2018.
What’s more, the public agrees that sustainable buildings are an important policy goal. According to a 2018 survey of 800 adults nationwide conducted by Lake Research Partners, 8 in 10 Americans - including a clear majority of both parties - support passing laws that make both cars and buildings more efficient.
BuildingAction and its members and allies believe that, with the right policies in place, we can cut the energy and water use in America’s buildings in half by 2040, creating millions of well-paying jobs, bringing manufacturing back and reducing the impacts of climate change.
That's why we have asked every major party 2020 candidate (incumbents and challengers) for the House and Senate to fill out a questionnaire to let them share their views on how they will support sustainable buildings in Congress.
BuildingAction does not endorse candidates in primary or general elections. Nothing in this report should be construed as support or opposition to any candidate. Candidates and parties are listed alphabetically. BuildingAction made every effort to report on candidates’ positions accurately; any mistakes or omissions were inadvertent. Please email with any suggested corrections.)