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Interview Opportunity: How a greener building code could combat climate change

Monday, March 17th 2008 11:05:17am

Interview Opportunity
Attention News/Assignment/Energy/Environment Editors and Reporters

How a greener building code could combat climate change


(Ottawa, ON – March 17, 2008)  The Commission for Environmental Cooperation has issued a report that identifies a tougher, more eco-friendly building code as the most effective way for North America to curb its energy consumption, and cut greenhouse gas emissions.

The Commission found that buildings account for one-fifth of all energy consumption in Canada, and 40 per cent in the United States.  Buildings are also responsible for 35 per cent of North America's greenhouse gas emissions.  Adding reasonable green measures to the building code could cut consumption and emissions by one-third.  

Stephen Koch, Executive Director of the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA), is available to comment on the report, and its findings.  Mr. Koch was a participant and speaker at the Eleventh Conference of the Parties to the UNFCC in Montreal in 2005.  He has also been a member of many provincial energy efficiency task groups, is a founding partner of REEEP in Canada (The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership), and sits on numerous boards focusing on energy efficiency.

WHO:  Stephen Koch, Executive Director, NAIMA Canada

WHAT:  Mr. Koch is available for media interviews.  Among the topics he can discuss are:

• The report issued by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, and what it could mean for the Canadian building industry.
• How the Canadian building industry is addressing environmental concerns.
• How NAIMA Canada is promoting energy efficient building.
• The federal-provincial relationship on Building Codes.
• How consumers are reacting to balancing the initial cost of a home to the higher cost of energy.

To arrange an interview with Mr. Koch, contact:

Jonathan Laderoute, (e|c|o media relations), 416-972-7401, laderoutej@huffstrategy.com

Stephen Koch, Executive Director, NAIMA Canada, 613-232-8093, cell 613-292-8772

NAIMA Canada
is the association for North American manufacturers of fibre glass, rock wool, and slag wool insulation products doing business in Canada.  Its role is to promote energy efficiency and environmental preservation through the use of fibre glass, rock wool, and slag wool insulation, and to encourage the safe production and use of these materials. NAIMA Canada is a sister organization to the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA).