The Better Building Initiative Incentivizes Upgrades

by Matt Ball on February 4, 2011

The Better Buildings Initiative was recently highlighted by President Obama as a wise use of funds to both increase efficiency, improve emissions and reduce foreign energy dependence. This program aims to improve the energy and resource efficiency of the country’s commercial buildings by providing incentives to encourage upgrades.

In a speech yesterday in Pennsylvania the president stated, “Making our buildings more energy efficient is one of the fastest, easiest and cheapest ways to combat pollution and create jobs right here in America,” he said. “And that’s what we’re going to do.”

The program builds on previous efforts, but focuses more on innovation and streamlining regulations. There’s a “Race for the Green” component here that will encourage state and municipal governments to compete on grant money to streamline standards, encourage involvement, and foster private participation.

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