An Update and Look Forward for Better Buildings through Executive Action. Leveraging Existing Authorities to Promote Energy Efficiency and Sustainability in Multifamily, Residential and Commercial Buildings
This report represents the second phase of a major effort by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and partner organizations to encourage the Obama Administration to make full use of all available legal tools to improve the energy efficiency and sustainability of the nation’s multifamily and commercial buildings. Sustainable building practices create jobs, support economic growth, and reduce the sector’s environmental footprint.
Recognizing the need for continued evaluation of existing legal authorities, a new group of partners convened in March 2011 and commissioned this update to the 2010 Report "Using Executive Authority to Achieve Greener Buildings". This updated 2012 report has two broad objectives. First, this updated report assesses notable developments—both positive and negative—relating to suggested opportunities addressed in the 2010 Report. Second, this report expands upon the 2010 Report by proposing additional opportunities to use existing legal authorities to promote an aggressive efficient and sustainable buildings agenda.