USGBC commends U.S. Senate for supporting legislation to advance energy efficiency
As one its final acts last week, the U.S. Senate took a positive step in advancing building efficiency legislation with the passage of S. 535, the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act. This bipartisan bill cleared the Senate on a voice vote.
For frequent readers, this bill is nearly identical to legislation long supported by USGBC that would encouraging tenants and landlords to work together to reduce their energy use and effort to improve energy benchmarking of federally owned buildings and leased space. Learn more about the bill.
USGBC has been working with elected officials and real estate organizations to advance elements of the bill in both the House and Senate. USGBC commends the Senate for its passage of the bill. While progress on the bill is positive, it isn't certain if this bill is a part of a more comprehensive energy plan that the Senate has been outlining recently or moved quickly for action by the House. USGBC will be keeping track of these events and will update readers as other legislation progresses.