The building industry hopes that the president’s business background will lend some pragmatism to decisions related to energy efficiency and infrastructure.
President Donald Trump’s tumultuous first month in office has many architects wondering what his administration will mean for the design and building industry, particularly in areas such as affordable housing, sustainable design, and energy efficiency.
Congress has yet to confirm many of Trump’s cabinet picks to head the agencies with jurisdiction over those issues—his nominees to lead the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) all await votes in the Senate. Last Friday the Senate confirmed former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt—a vocal critic of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) who has sued the EPA at least a dozen times over President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan and other regulations—to lead the agency. Trump has not announced his pick to lead the General Services Administration (GSA), though he did appoint longtime GSA official Tim Horne as acting administrator shortly after his inauguration.
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