In Focus

 

Election 2020:

Where Candidates for Congress Stand

Florida

11TH DISTRICT

Dana Cottrell

Democratic

U.S. House, Florida 11

 

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?

 

Solar panel built into the construction of the building would assist in direct energy production by the building and for use in the building. Rain water collection systems built into the construction would make use of reusable energy sources. These are just two innovative construction initiatives to reduce energy and water consumption of building.

 

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?

 

The improvement of ventilation systems is a great start. COVID has woken up many to the need for proper ventilation systems, but it is something we have known, we must now implement these steps.  A Harvard University study found "cognitive scores improved by 5.4 percent when buildings were kept within the range of optimal temperature and humidity. And in a related review of buildings that were certified to green and healthier standards, Harvard found 30 percent fewer complaints from occupants about problems with air quality, temperature, and other issues suggesting that design standards are having an impact." Natural light solutions in place of fluorescent lighting is also a simple step forward to assist in healthy and sustainable building.

 

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 support the Green New Deal as well as Joe Biden's job initiatives to advance American industry bringing new industry and technology into the United States. Money from the federal budget in coordination with cabinet departments should be directed toward these efforts.

 

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 join caucuses that advocate for sustainable building policies, and I will make sure my Congressional office is in direct contact with groups and organizations to assist in these efforts. I also will hire grant writers in my office to assist with grant writing for FL CD 11 to bring jobs and industry to our area.

 

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 have made many energy efficient modifications to my own home, and I wish solar panels and other energy savings initiatives were more affordable, part of the reason I am running for Congress.

18TH DISTRICT

K. W. Miller

Independent

U.S. House, Florida 18

 

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 Congress can help reduce energy and water consumption of buildings is to incentivize education, R&D, retrofitting, and new construction efforts relating to building consumption of these resources; both governmental and private.

 

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,

i. I support encouraging cities and states to adopt performance-based standards for buildings and I support setting benchmarks and targets for upgrading federal buildings based upon funding appropriation.

 

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?

 

A bipartisan approach to promote the benefits of healthy and sustainable buildings would be key to ensure that all Americans have access to healthy and safe buildings. Educating both the members of Congress and the public on the long-term cost savings of investing in sustainable buildings now is necessary in order to reach the tipping point of awareness in which real change can begin. When real change happens, people in all socioeconomic levels benefit.

 

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 believe that partnerships between the building industry and local schools should be encouraged in order to develop students' interest in clean energy jobs. Internships, scholarships, and apprenticeship positions should be encouraged at the local level. Incentives for training programs for building sector personnel particularly in maintenance and operation is also necessary due to the rapid advancement of sustainability technologies. At the University level, funding for R&D in all aspects of sustainable building development is imperative. Incentivising states to invest at the University level to encourage this R&D would be key to advancing sustainable buildings and building components.

 

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 have extensive experience working with the building sector. My past experience bidding on all aspects of energy efficiency systems and upgrades as well as my international experience building, restructuring

and managing energy businesses for major public energy companies and

utilities has given me the knowledge to join the policy debate as an advocate for sustainable building practices. I also understand the long-term cost effectiveness in terms of health, safety, and energy conservation of making sustainable building practices a priority both on a governmental and a private level.

 

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.)?

 

Yes, I am a Senior business leader in the Capital Markets, Energy and Infrastructure

Sectors. I advise, restructure, invest and hold board positions on energy

and industrial companies. I have international experience building, restructuring

and managing energy businesses for major public energy companies and

utilities. I am experienced in bidding on all aspects of energy efficiency systems and upgrades.

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