Architects set 2017 federal agenda; issue statement of values

The American Institute of Architects has announced its federal agenda, advocating for policies that create more livable and energy efficient communities and emphasizing investments in buildings as key elements of the national infrastructure. The agenda is the result of AIA’s recent survey of its membership, which takes place with each presidential and mid-term election. In that survey, AIA members called for:

-- Increased spending on infrastructure that includes public buildings.

-- Energy conservation goals and objectives for federal buildings. The AIA will continue to lead efforts to maintain Section 433 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which sets ambitious energy savings goals for federal buildings by 2030.

-- Fair tax reforms for businesses. The AIA supports simplifying the tax code while maintaining incentives that encourage historic preservation and energy efficiency. The AIA supports efforts to ease conditions for small     businesses, which make up roughly 80 percent of all U.S. architecture firms.

-- Livable, healthier communities. The AIA supports policies that encourage transit-oriented development and walk-able communities, which improve public health and combat the epidemic of such diseases as obesity and diabetes.

Separately, the AIA has also published “Where Architects Stand; A Statement of Our Values,” a document that re-asserts the values of the architecture profession and where it stands on a host of issues – equity and human rights, sustainability, climate change, economic opportunity and the profession’s ongoing commitment to a bright future for its emerging professionals.

“Where Architects Stand; A Statement of Our Values,” is intended to be a guidepost for AIA members as they go forward and advocate for the profession on the federal, state and local level for policies that foster inclusive, diverse, sustainable and prosperous communities.

John Schneidawind is AIA's director, public affairs and media relations

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