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Massive infrastructure bill includes hundreds of millions for building energy efficiency

Funds allotted for updated code implementation, construction technology, K-12 efficiency programs.


By Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor | August 19, 2021

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The $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill recently passed by the Senate includes hundreds of millions of dollars targeted for building energy efficiency.

The billions allocated in the bill include:

· $225 million for states to implement updated building energy codes and to train code officials and homebuilders to meet code

· $500 million for K-12 public schools and $50 million for nonprofits and churches to implement efficiency projects

· $550 million for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program

· $250 million for Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) grants

· $250 million to establish a state revolving loan fund for commercial and residential energy audits and $40 million for training auditors as part of the INSULATE Buildings Act

· $225 million for states to implement updated building energy codes and to train code officials and homebuilders to meet code

The bill also provides $100 million to accelerate deployment of digital construction technologies such as 3D modelling software and digital project management platforms. The bill heads to the House for approval before President Joe Biden can sign it into law.

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