Greg Ugalde, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Torrington, Conn., issued the following statement on energy legislation introduced by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio):
“NAHB supports efforts to promote energy efficiency but believes the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act introduced by Sens. Shaheen and Portman takes the wrong approach. Specifically, the legislation would harm housing affordability by imposing overly costly and aggressive energy efficiency requirements in model building energy codes. Moreover, the bill would discourage states from adopting codes that meet their specific needs. As written, NAHB would be opposed to this bill.
“Bipartisan legislation introduced in the House by Reps. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) and Bill Flores (R-Texas) offers a more cost-effective way to encourage energy efficiency. The Energy Savings and Building Efficiency Act would accelerate cost-savings for home owners by requiring that any code or proposal supported by the Department of Energy has a payback of 10 years or less.
“NAHB looks forward to working with Congress to advance cost-effective ways for the federal government to incentivize home owners to upgrade their homes to be more energy efficient.”