More than 600 AIA members attended upwards of 300 virtual meetings with congressional staff and legislators.
The following is an AIA press release recounting the Institute’s meetings with Congress for AIA’s virtual Capitol Hill Day on Feb. 17.
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and more than 600 of its architect members are lobbying members of Congress to secure $300 billion to support climate action and resilient design in the built environment.
“As Congress considers an infrastructure package, we urge them to inject desperately needed funding into public buildings, including schools, hospitals, federally-backed affordable housing, and civic centers,” said 2021 AIA President Peter Exley, FAIA. “As the pandemic stretches on, it sets our nation dangerously behind in addressing climate change. It also reinforces the urgent need to holistically adapt our nation’s buildings for resiliency and health. By making buildings a legislative priority, Congress can move the needle on climate action, make our buildings resilient to future shocks and stresses all the while stimulating our economy.”
During more than 300 virtual meetings with congressional staff and legislators yesterday, architects called on Congress to ensure that any upcoming infrastructure package includes $300 billion over five years for green infrastructure.
Additionally, AIA is urging Congress to prioritize grant applications that use existing buildings and low-carbon materials or follow the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) 2021 Zero Code Renewable Energy Appendix for new construction.