The House Committee on Energy and Commerce has approved legislation designed to promote energy efficiency in government buildings, while also promoting what is known as green infrastructure.
The Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act, otherwise known as H.R. 4447, is now on its way to the full House for consideration.
The bill requires that all federal buildings will phase out the use of fossil fuels over the course of the next decade.
In so doing, the legislation hopes to achieve energy consumption levels that are “not less than 30 percent below” the levels established by the International Energy Conservation Code.
Another aspect of the legislation requires the Department of Energy to support the adoption of building codes by states and municipalities, while also providing technical assistance, training, and support for building industry professionals.
In addition, the bill will put additional funding into hydroelectric and advanced geothermal research and development programs.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland said he expects quick action on the legislation, noting: “Our climate is changing and we not only need to take dramatic steps to slow the carbon pollution that has driven this climate crisis, but we must also seize the economic opportunities that this challenge presents.”
It is not known, if the legislation passes the House, when it will be taken up in the Senate.
By Garry Boulard
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