Building Technologies Research for a Sustainable Future, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Energy of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, House of Representatives, One Hundred Seventeenth Congress, First Session, March 25, 2021   [open pdf - 23MB]

This is the March 25, 2021 hearing on "Building Technologies Research for a Sustainable Future," held before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. From the opening statement of Jamaal Bowman: "Currently, about 40 percent of our country's carbon dioxide emissions comes from the structures that we live, work, and sleep in, and that we depend on for life-sustaining care. This goes to the heart of why we need to address climate change, inequality, and racism together. As we have been discussing on this Committee, when climate disasters strike, redlined communities of color and low-income people are hit hardest. They're the first to lose power when the electricity grid is strained, as we saw in Texas. And these are the same communities that struggle with housing and utility costs. They face health risks from toxic materials in buildings, including in public housing that we have allowed to fall into a state of disrepair. In my district and around the country, the people who live in these buildings have been dying at higher rates from COVID [coronavirus disease 2019], partly because of co-morbidities caused by the fossil fuel economy. We need sustainable buildings now, and we need to rebuild our communities from the ground up." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Nora Esram, Roderick Jackson, James Tour, Jacqueline Patterson, and Joseph Hagerman.

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Serial No. 117-7
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