The Better Buildings Act, which would establish a Tenant Star program for commercial spaces, passed the House of Representatives on March 4. The legislation would encourage energy efficiency among tenants and promotes energy benchmarking in commercial buildings.
The legislation is sponsored by Reps. Peter Welch and David McKinley and was introduced in May 2013. The Tenant Star program would be similar to the Energy Star energy efficiency labeling program for appliances.
Those on board with the bill include the American Chemistry Council, National Association of Manufacturers, the Alliance to Save Energy, Environment America and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.
The legislation was approved by The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Jan. 28 by voice vote.
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