Green Building:

Architecture 2030's Mazria calls for increased building efficiency to combat warming

With buildings in the United States accounting for more than 40% of our nation's energy use, members of Congress are beginning to focus on how to improve building efficiency to help combat warming. During today's OnPoint, Edward Mazria, executive director of Architecture 2030, a New Mexico-based non profit organization, explains his group's 2030 initiative that calls for all buildings to be net-zero carbon emitters by the year 2030. Mazria assesses Congressional action on green building and discusses what, he believes, the next steps should be for policy-makers in terms of mandates and codes for sustainable design. He also responds to criticism of his plan to combat warming through efficiency and a moratorium on the construction of coal-fired power plants.