In Focus

Election 2020:

Where Candidates for Congress Stand

Texas

20TH DISTRICT

Jeffrey C. Blunt

U.S. House, Texas 20

 

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 encourage every member of Congress to consider upgrades to their homes that will make them more energy efficient/sustainable.

 

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

 

None.  It is up to individuals, organizations, and businesses to determine choose the products they believe are the best.  Congress should not be involved in this decision.  Let the free market work!

 

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?

 

Congress should not be involved in the process.  Congress should step back and let the free market work.

 

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

 

It is not the job of Congress to provide job training for jobs, "clean energy" or otherwise.

 

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?

 

No.  As stated previously, Congress should not be involved in this process.

 

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 have chosen to make efficiency improvements in my home because it's the right thing to do, not because of some policy from Washington.  I also chose to buy a Tesla, not because of Congressional meddling, but because it's a great car.  The free market works.  Congress putting it's thumb on the scales and picking winners and losers will only hinder progress, not help it.

33RD DISTRICT

Carlos Quintanilla

Independent

U.S. House, Texas 33

 

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?

 

Items A through other areas in Question #2 I would support and work towards achieving.

 

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. Make sustainable housing a legislative priority.

 

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 take the necessary steps to insure that legislation being proposed and or modified is not beneficial to one group and excludes other. Since our district is one on the poorest districts in Texas I would strongly encourage and propose that any new development or projects funded by federal monies adhere to strict sustainable housing guidelines.

 

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

 

In our district like in many districts there is a lack of vocational training programs that can be establish to train and prepare future workers for jobs that will advance 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?

 

Absolutely

 

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.)?

 

Many years ago I sat on the Board of Community Housing Education Corp, a community based organization that redeveloped of buildings training economically disadvantage male and female trainees in construction. The redevelopment of these deteriorated and neglected apartment complexes and multi level buildings created jobs, help to stabilize the community by eliminating eyesores and vacant buildings, contributing o the tax base and helping young people learn a valuable life supporting work trade. We need to reinstate these types of programs and I will work diligently to do so.

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36TH DISTRICT

Hal J. Ridley, Jr.

Green Party

U.S. House, Texas 36

 

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?

 

Congress can stay out of the way. Invention & innovation are the way to bring a new way to live. We change how we build, will change how we live. Many solutions are here now or near. The last fundamental change in building construction was late 50’s early 60’s when high strength bolts replaced rivits. They look different but are built the same way. The industry is not receptive to innovation. Buckminster Fuller had ideas that still sit and wait. I was a structural Ironworker for 17 years. Construction practices are obsolete. “If you want to change things don’t confront reality head on create a new model that makes the old model obsolete.” B. Fuller

 

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. Help from .gov is helpful but ideas that rely on taxpayers aren’t the best ideas. A great idea pays for itself, that’s why it’s a great idea.

 

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 don’t need to be elected to do that. We can end homelessness by new modern construction methods. We can retrofit older stable structures as well for earthquake, fire, storm, or flood. Every thing we need is here or near. We need mass change on a planetary scale and we can do so in 12 years. I challenge you to prove me wrong? Nuts & bolts in the way to change. I have been on this inventive design trail for decades. I have been from the Pantheon in Rome to the Longwood Estate in Natchez MS. “Failure of imagination” is your problem.

 

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

 

The next decade is likely make or break for us and perhaps this planet. If we are not wide open to new ideas and innovation you will pass by the very solutions we desperately need. There are plenty of problem people around, we need solution people.

 

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 don’t believe I could win or do I care. I’m amplifying my free speech to talk about just what you say and more. Besides a new construction model we need a new energy system as well, 12 years?

 

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 had a u.s. patent for 18 years, the “multifunction construction aid” #6640928 uspto.gov roboticconstruction.com

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