USGBC comments on the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015 | U.S. Green Building Council
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USGBC is grateful for the work of the House of Representatives in advancing efficiency in buildings this Congressional session. As demonstrated by passage of H.R. 2126, the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015, and H.R. 2997, the Private Investment in Housing Act of 2015, efficiency in buildings is a critical resource that cuts consumer and business utility costs.

We appreciate the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s recent work on conducting hearings and seeking to include efficiency solutions for energy legislation. This week's H.R. 8 contains important programs such as the authorization of the WaterSense program, which saves money and natural resources, enhancing the performance of federal data centers and the implementation of information technology to improve the efficiency of federal buildings.

This legislation is not without its drawbacks. USGBC is concerned that provisions in the bill would limit the Department of Energy’s role in the technical process of reviewing building codes. We are also concerned about the removal of performance-contracting provisions that would improve the efficiency of federal building with minimal federal investment.

At this time, USGBC cannot support the efficiency provisions in H.R. 8. We urge the House to continue to improve this legislation to ensure that efficiency provisions are improved and are given investment proportional to that of other sections of the bill.