President Joe Biden secured a bipartisan victory when the Senate passed the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package on a vote of 69-30. IIBEC joined other members of the construction sector in signing a letter of support for the legislation and urging its passage. Spread across all modes of travel, these funds will be used to expand service, purchase materials and equipment, and build facilities. Included in the package are several provisions that are beneficial to the building enclosure industry, including:
- $500 million competitive grants for energy efficiency improvements and renewable energy improvements (including roofs and building enclosures) at public school facilities.
- $1 billion in additional funding for the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program.
- Accelerated adoption of modern building codes and standards by states and localities.
- Investments to develop career skills in the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries.
- Investments to increase the competitiveness of domestic manufacturers.
The legislation now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration. If the House were to pass the bill without changes, it would head to the president’s desk for his signature. However, in a letter to her Democratic colleagues, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reiterated her plan to bring up a measure for a vote during the week of August 23 that will allow the House to take up three bills: the Senate-passed budget resolution, the infrastructure bill, and a civil rights bill. There will be a lot of back and forth on the sequencing and timing of all of these pieces of legislation, and IIBEC will be monitoring developments in the House.