Solving the Climate Crisis: Cleaner, Stronger Buildings

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 9:00am
Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2020

The House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis will hold a hearing titled “Solving the Climate Crisis: Cleaner, Stronger Buildings” on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 9 a.m. in Room 2020 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

The hearing is focused on reducing carbon pollution and improving resilience in residential and commercial buildings across the nation, one of the keys to fighting the climate crisis.

"We need nothing short of an ambitious national plan to make sure new buildings are net zero energy—that is, that they produce as much energy as they use." - U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor



Kara Saul Rinaldi, Vice President of Government Affairs and Policy for the Building Performance Association (@JoinBPA). Rinaldi is a leading energy and climate policy expert with over 20 years of experience. Previously, she was the Director of Government and Public Affairs for Owens Corning.

Read Saul Rinaldi's testimony.


Anica Landreneau, Senior Principal and Director of Sustainable Design for the global architecture firm HOK (@HOKNetwork). Landreneau also serves on Washington D.C.’s Green Construction and Energy-Commercial Technical Advisory Groups, as well as on Mayor Bowser’s Green Building Advisory Council. 

Read Landreneau's testimony.


Dr. Khalil Shahyd, Senior Policy Advocate for the Healthy People & Thriving Communities Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council (@NRDC). Dr. Shahyd works to advance federal policy supporting energy efficiency programs targeting the affordable multi-family housing sector. 

Read Shahyd's testimony.


Roy Wright, President of the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (@disastersafety), a nonprofit organization that researches building safety in order to create more resilient communities. Wright has over two decades of experience in risk management, mitigation, and resilience planning.

Read Wright's testimony.


Jimmy Rutland, President of Lowder New Homes, one of the largest home builders in the state of Alabama. Rutland will speak on behalf of the National Association of Home Builders (@NAHBHome). 

Read Rutland's testimony.

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