White House Seeks to Cut Federal Building Emissions 30% by 2030

If the White House gets its way, dynamic glass will play a major role in federal buildings of the future.

According to the U.S. Green Building Council (GBC), buildings consume 70% of the electricity load in the country and half of that energy goes right out the window. The GBC predicts that 15 million new buildings will need to be constructed to meet demand, and glass will cover 80% of the building envelope.

The Federal Building Performance Standard proposal seeks to cut energy use and electrify equipment and appliances by 30% in buildings owned by the federal government. The government wants this done by 2030 using energy-efficiency and building-system technologies, such as dynamic glass.

“Climate change is a major societal issue, and buildings consume 40% of all energy and 70% of all electricity,” says Deepak Shivaprasad, vice president of product marketing at View Glass. “Buildings need to be built and managed a lot more efficiently if the U.S. and the world are to solve the climate crisis and addressing the efficiency of windows is a significant part of achieving that.”

Dynamic glass has proven to help lower heating, cooling and lighting-related energy costs due to its ability to actively or passively control how much heat and sunlight a building receives. The Inflation Reduction Act provides credit for up to 30% of the costs associated with dynamic glass.

“The [tax credit] is a true game changer for the industry,” Michael Lane, vice president of sales for SageGlass, said about dynamic glass’ inclusion in the Inflation Reduction Act. “Dynamic glass has proven itself for years in larger and larger applications, but the cost has remained an obstacle to large-scale adoption. This tax credit can go a long way towards making the technology more accessible.”

Glass Companies Help Shatter Recycling Record

The Imagination Station in Toledo and a number of industry partners, including NSG Pilkington, set out in November 2022 to break the Guinness world record for the most glass bottles collected for recycling in a single hour. The group ultimately shattered the 2019 record, with a portion of those bottles set to be turned into sand for industry use.

The one-hour effort saw more than 20,970 pounds of glass bottles collected for recycling. The previous record, set in 2019 in Spain, was for less than 5,500 pounds. Kyle Sword of NSG Pilkington, a partner in the endeavor, says numerous elected officials were in attendance as were a dozen different companies and volunteers from schools.

Sword adds that the collection is a great example of collaboration.

“Toledo is the glass city, and yet we don’t collaborate and work with each other,” he says. “So, this has been a nice opportunity for us to get together and work with other glass companies.”

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