President Trump’s administration might slash the budget for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to The Washington Post and other media organizations. In Architect magazine, Chris Bentley reports on how the building industry could be affected by the reported cuts. The administration, he writes, “would also potentially eliminate dozens of programs that pertain to the built environment, including Energy Star and WaterSense, an EPA partnership program for houses, products, and services using 20 percent less water than a baseline. Ending these programs could, for starters, reduce market incentives to construct more efficient buildings.” On the other hand, local and state governments may play a bigger role than the federal government in influencing the built environment. Our incentives and tax credits page, for instance, highlights a variety of programs that wouldn’t be immediately affected by federal budget cuts.

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