There are a lot of new challenges and changes in all the new federal legislation, regulations, and policies over the past year for construction and industrial material sustainability. This will soon start to impact state legislation, regulations, specifications, and contract letting with state DOTs and other federal aid infrastructure owners. Whether it's the IIJA, BIL, IRA, GSA procurement policy, Build American, or defense legislation, there are significant new policy considerations and challenges, but there are also opportunities! From “Buy Clean” to “Buy American,” Congress is driving significant change on everything, including how we produce our essential construction and industrial materials, criteria for public use of those materials, and its overall carbon footprint tied to new infrastructure investment. CalCIMA President & CEO Robert Dugan brought together the advocacy leadership of our national association partners who are working at the federal level every today to ensure you are prepared for the challenges and availed the opportunities that are coming.
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) provides historic federal investment into existing and new programs to improve infrastructure across the country. One of the key policy changes made under the IIJA was the creation of new federal Build America Buy America (BABA) sourcing requirements, which include the addition of “construction materials” to Buy America preferences across federal infrastructure programs.
In an interview with Graniterock, President/CEO of CalCIMA Robert Dugan discusses the challenges and opportunities that the construction and industrial materials industry face post COVID-19.