The House passed the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2014 (H.R. 2126) by an overwhelming majority on March 5 with a vote of 375-36. The bill would extend the Energy Star rating to commercial buildings within mixed use properties through a Tenant Star energy program even if the building itself does not meet the Energy Star requirements.
Specifically, the bill directs the Department of Energy to collect information on energy use in multifamily properties from state and local databases, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Portfolio Manager database and other sources in order to create a central repository of information on building energy performance. This important step would better enable apartment owners to get access to building energy use data in situations where residents are billed directly.
It is important to note that NMHC was among a group of stakeholders that successfully urged the House not to include controversial building code mandates in the measure.
In the Senate, a larger package of energy efficiency measures has been re-introduced by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH). But an attempt to move a similar measure forward last fall failed because it lacked a filibuster proof majority. Now it appears that this measure might be brought up for a vote again based on a bipartisan co-sponsorship of 62 Senators.
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