WDMA: Energy Savings and Building Efficiency Act

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A recent press release on the website of House Reps. discussed the introduction of a resolution aimed at increasing buildings’ energy efficiency. This bipartisan legislation that promotes energy efficiency in homes and commercial buildings is welcomed by the WDMA.

Energysavings
The Energy Savings and Building Efficiency Act will increase transparency and cost-effectiveness
House Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) introduced a resolution aimed at increasing buildings’ energy efficiency.
According to a press release on Blackburn’s website, H.R. 5027, or the Energy Savings and Building Efficiency Act, will “increase transparency and cost-effectiveness in the development of model energy codes” by more clearly defining “what technical assistance the Department of Energy (DOE) can provide in developing the code.”
“This strikes a proper cost-benefit balance by promoting the development of efficiency targets for buildings, while ensuring that homeowners and builders are not burdened by unreasonable regulations. Additionally, hard-working taxpayers are protected by a provision preventing federal funds from being used to advance code revisions proposed by special interest groups,” Blackburn says.
Mike O’Brien, president of the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA), is pleased with the proposal.
“WDMA welcomes this bipartisan legislation that promotes energy efficiency in homes and commercial buildings. It is important that energy codes be product neutral and allow for reasonable payback periods, and we are pleased that the bill also seeks to provide greater transparency for Department of Energy code change proposals,” he says.
Specifically, the bill would ensure that all DOE code change proposals are:
•    Made available to the public, including calculations on costs and savings;
•    Subject to the of...






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