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Season 2009 Episode 1007

Green Buildings: Best Practices from Switzerland

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Representatives Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) and Russ Carnahan (D-Missouri) hosted a briefing with Swiss leaders in energy and environmental building design. "The Swiss were among the first to recognize what other countries have come to understand: that climate change is real and it threatens our economy, our environment, and our national security," said Congresswoman Baldwin a Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Co-Chair of the Congressional Friends of Switzerland Caucus. "The Swiss model for reducing greenhouse gases and the MINERGIE Building Standard are examples we can all learn from and benefit from," Baldwin said.Since 1998, the Swiss MINERGIE - standard has offered green building standards as a framework for architects and building designers to achieve greater popularity and profitability. Nick Beglinger, a managing board member of MINERGIE - said, "Switzerland is a sustainability leader - ranking, for example, as No. 1 in Yale University's 2008 Environmental Performance Index. The Swiss sustainable building standard, MINERGIE - makes an important contribution here. With over 14'000 certified buildings, MINERGIE focuses on the key success drivers: design, comfort and energy efficiency".For more information, please visit http://www.thinkswiss.org/moreless
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