SMACNA Supports Energy-Efficiency Bill

Legislation Would Encourage Energy-Efficiency Upgrades in Government Buildings

April 29, 2013
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+

CHANTILLY, Va. — The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) is pledging its support behind the Federal Cost Reduction Act, HR 472, which would provide incentives to promote energy-efficiency upgrades in government buildings and reduce the number of data centers the federal government maintains.

The bill also promotes greater use of energy-savings performance contracts, which allow government agencies to contract with private contractors to improve efficiency with minimal upfront costs. It also authorizes agencies to enter into power purchase agreements to increase the use of renewable electricity for federal buildings.

The act would establish a Federal Facility Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Projects Fund in the U.S. Treasury Department, granting assistance for energy-efficiency projects at federal facilities to reduce energy waste.

It would also require the Secretary of Energy to promulgate regulations enabling agencies to retain the savings from utility energy-performance contracts, issue guidance for agencies to achieve energy savings by using energy-efficiency software and power management technology, and issue guidance on a federal energy management and data-collection standard that includes a plan for the General Services Administration (GSA) to publish energy-consumption data for individual facilities.

The bill would also require federal agencies to submit a plan to the secretary on metering their consumption of electricity and authorizes the GSA administrator to update project designs to meet federal energy-efficiency standards. HR 472 would also require the GSA to incorporate commissioning and re-commissioning standards for all real property worth more than $10 million in value, boasting more than 50,000 square feet in size, or producing energy intensity of more than $2 per square foot.

Publication date: 4/29/2013 

Want more HVAC industry news and information? Join The NEWS on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn today!

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to The NEWS Magazine

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

2014 Energy Efficiency Forum

Highlights from the 25th annual Energy Efficiency Forum in Washington, D.C.


NEWSMakers: John Missell

John Missell, vice president and COO of Spectrum Design, joins the program to discuss how his company has utilized geothermal technologies, and we examine the future of renewable energy resources. Posted on Aug. 15.

More Podcasts


NEWS 08-18-14 cover

2014 August 18

Check out the weekly edition of The NEWS today!

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Prohibiting HFCs

EPA is proposing a rule that would prohibit some HFCs in select refrigeration applications. Do you agree with this move?
View Results Poll Archive


2014 National Plumbing & HVAC Estimator

Every plumbing and HVAC estimator can use the cost estimates in this practical manual!

More Products

Clear Seas Research


Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


Magazine image
Register today for complete access to Get full access to the latest features, Extra Edition, and more.


facebook icontwitter iconyoutube iconLinkedIn i con