Where Candidates for Congress Stand
Christopher C. Christensen
U.S. House, Oregon 1
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?
Use benchmark industry standards such as LEED or Green Building Council guidelines as well as constantly assimilate best practices across residential, industrial, office and commercial property developers.
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,
f. Provide support to states and localities to make buildings more resilient from natural hazards and disasters,
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. Promote renewable building products such as bamboo, cork and other environmentally sustainable and ethically harvested products.
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?
Provide education to promote environmental stewardship, encourage participation in the planning process, focus on affordability and total value & leverage green building standards with incentives for developers.
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 support programs that create and sustain American leadership in the transition to a global clean energy economy. A green building has four main elements or components on which it is designed: materials, energy, water and health. Focusing on each of these steps individually and collectively or holistically makes green buildings more sustainable.
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 am a strong advocate for providing a diverse inventory of affordable entry level and move up home ownership opportunities, I have experience in urban infill redevelopment, neighborhood re-vitalization and am very familiar with municipal planning and approval processes at all levels of government.
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 was an affordable home ownership advocate and lobbyist as well as a real estate development and entitlement consultant specializing primarily in multifamily residential redevelopment and urban infill redevelopment including subdivision applications and all processes related to investment real estate entitlement.
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