House Passes Bill Aiming to Increase Efficiency in Commercial Buildings

Building Efficiency

House Passes Energy Efficiency Bill for Commercial Buildings

Bloomberg Sustainability, March 6, 2014

The House passed legislation  that aims to boost the energy efficiency of commercial buildings leased to tenants on a strong 375-36 vote.

The Better Buildings Act, sponsored by Reps. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and David McKinley (R-W.Va.), would direct the Environmental Protection Agency to establish a Tenant Star program to promote energy efficiency in commercial spaces leased to tenants. That program would be similar to the existing Energy Star energy efficiency labeling program for appliances.

Many aspects of the House legislation, including the Tenant Star program, are also included in the Senate’s Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency legislation, which was reintroduced in that chamber Feb. 27. Despite the broad bipartisan support for both bills, it remains unclear whether legislation can be enacted this year.

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