In Focus

Election 2020:

Where Candidates for Congress Stand

Rhode Island

1ST DISTRICT

Frederick Wysocki

Independent

U.S. House, Rhode Island 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?

 

I am in favor of the US government hiring a group of architects to develop a multitude of residential building designs in a government sponsored program. This would foster the use of the best building designs. Under such a program, the government would work with builders, financial institutions, and all interested parties to coordinate residential construction. Participation in this program would be voluntary, but its benefits many. As a subset of this, this program would also build government subsidized housing, mostly in the northern parts of the country during summer, and the southern parts of the country during winter.

 

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,

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

i. I am in favor of the US government hiring a group of architects to develop a multitude of residential building designs in a government sponsored program. This would foster the use of the best building designs. Under such a program, the government would work with builders, financial institutions, and all interested parties to coordinate residential construction. Participation in this program would be voluntary, but its benefits many. As a subset of this, this program would also build government subsidized housing, mostly in the northern parts of the country during summer, and the southern parts of the country during winter.

 

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 am in favor of the US government hiring a group of architects to develop a multitude of residential building designs in a government sponsored program. This would foster the use of the best building designs. Under such a program, the government would work with builders, financial institutions, and all interested parties to coordinate residential construction. Participation in this program would be voluntary, but its benefits many. As a subset of this, this program would also build government subsidized housing, mostly in the northern parts of the country during summer, and the southern parts of the country during winter.

 

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 let schools and the private sector do the research, with the government interacting with them to promote best 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?

 

I am in favor of the US government hiring a group of architects to develop a multitude of residential building designs in a government sponsored program. This would foster the use of the best building designs. Under such a program, the government would work with builders, financial institutions, and all interested parties to coordinate residential construction. Participation in this program would be voluntary, but its benefits many. As a subset of this, this program would also build government subsidized housing, mostly in the northern parts of the country during summer, and the southern parts of the country during winter.

 

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've been a landlord a few times.

2ND DISTRICT

Jim Langevin

Democratic

U.S. House, Rhode Island 2

Incumbent

 

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 need to provide incentives to developers to build energy efficient buildings. Most of the time, energy efficient construction is not seen as cost-effective. Providing incentives would not only help defray costs, it would also create jobs and reduce our overall use of energy and water.

 

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?

 

I would support continued Federal funding for the State Energy Program, which helps with the development of energy efficient projects, and the Weatherization Assistance Program, which lowers energy bills and provides weatherization services to 7.3 Million low income households.

 

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

 

As co-chair of the Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus, I have worked extensively to promote experiential learning opportunities so students and workers have the skills necessary to compete in the 21st Century economy. I co-led the most recent reauthorization of the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which funds critical CTE programs across the country. I also introduced the Transportation Workforce Investment Act to create a robust workforce pipeline to upgrade and repair our aging infrastructure. And I will continue to look for opportunities at the local, state and federal levels to promote collaborative workforce development programs.

 

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?

 

Absolutely. I have already introduced the Building Efficiently Act, which would provide incentives for energy efficient building construction, and I will continue to support legislation that encourages energy efficiency, as well as programs that help with job training for these projects.

 

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.)?

 

In addition to leading the Building Efficiently Act, I have also championed legislation that was signed into law to preserve the Wood-Pawtucket River system in my district, I have cosponsored the BREATHE Act and FRESHER Act that hold industries accountable for their impact on our environment, including air and water quality, and I have cosponsored the CLEANER Act which will end exemptions for hazardous waste created by the fossil fuel industry.

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