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September 13, 1996

DOE Helps Provide Blueprint for Nation's
Buildings in the 21st Century

The Department of Energy, working with the American Institute of Architects (AIA), signed a partnership agreement that could change the way new buildings are designed. The Memorandum of Understanding signed today will encourage the use of energy efficient and environmentally-friendly technologies in the design of new buildings and for retrofitting existing buildings.

The agreement is designed to help educate architects and the public about the benefits of energy efficient building designs that incorporate sustainable and renewable technologies. Christine Ervin, DOE's Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy said, "In keeping with the Clinton administration's commitment to create a cleaner and healthier environment, this partnership between government and industry formalizes our long-standing history of working collaboratively to design the blueprint for buildings that will be both the model and the marvel of the new millennium."

DOE and AIA's goal is to provide architects with information about advances in energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. A key area includes expanding the diversity of energy sources, particularly the increased use of renewable energy such as building integrated solar energy.

"Creating healthy environments is an important goal. We see this agreement as a valuable resource for architects," said Donald Watson, Fellow, American Institute of Architects, Chairman of the AIA's Committee on the Environment.

The partnership includes three significant elements:

The American Institute of Architects has represented the professional interests of America's architects since 1857. The institute works to advance the value of architects and architecture and their role in shaping the public's quality of life. As members, 58,000 licensed architects and associated professionals express their commitment to the highest standards in design in buildings and cities nationwide.

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