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US politicians must push back sustainable boundaries

United States politicians searching for answers on how to cut carbon emissions will today hear from Kent Peterson, president of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers.

Mr Peterson will tell  the select committee on energy independence and global warming at the United States House of Representatives that more needs to be done on energy efficiency.

He will make his case when he presents testimony to a hearing called by the committee and titled Building Green, Saving Green: Constructing Sustainable and Energy-Efficient Buildings.

He said: “Today’s buildings mortgage our energy and environmental future.

“In the past, Standard 90.1 and other guidance from ASHRAE focused on minimum requirements to save energy.

“Recognizing that we must do more, ASHRAE is looking ahead to producing advanced energy design guidance, with the goal of net-zero energy buildings. We welcome the opportunity to stress the need for a more energy efficient future before the House Committee.”

Mr Peterson will talk about ASHRAE’s role in writing standards for adoption into building codes and its work in developing guidance that goes beyond minimum requirements in building codes.

Committee chairman Congressman Edward Markey said: “As Congress examines all sources and causes of global warming emissions, it must consider how the buildings we work and live in can contribute to reduce the impact of climate change,

“ASHRAE’s standards offer a foundation for energy-efficient buildings, and the committee is interested in how building codes can be used to increase the number of green buildings throughout the nation.”