PennEnvironment released a report today that calls for a comprehensive plan to make buildings more energy efficient. The report calls on the State and Federal government to create a plan that will reduce the amount of energy consumption used to power buildings throughout the nation. The report recommends upgrades in building codes to increase energy efficiency, stimulating investments in energy retrofits and setting codes for all buildings to be "zero energy" by 2030.
State Representative Matt Smith of Allegheny County supports the recommendations and said that the time is approaching when green building is good for the environment and good for taxpayers at the same time. Smith currently has legislation in committee that would require any state dollars spent on construction be used for green construction.