Energy-Efficiency Bill Goes to House Floor 08/09/2007 | On Friday, HR 3220, the New Direction for Energy Independence, National Security, and Consumer Protection Act, is scheduled for debate and votes in the U.S. House of Representatives. The 888-page bill is of keen interest to BOMA members, as it contains several provisions dealing with energy efficiency and green buildings in both the public and private sectors. The bill was just introduced on July 30 by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), but is a compilation of other bills that have already been passed by the Committees on Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce.One provision in the bill that has been actively supported by BOMA Intl. is the extension of the energy-efficient commercial buildings tax deduction of $1.80 per square foot that was originally passed in the 2005 Energy Policy Act. Though BOMA fought hard to see the deduction increased to $2.25 per square foot (which was included in the initial extension legislation introduced earlier this year), it's pleased to see that the language to extend it through 2013 did make the Speaker's bill. Another provision of interest includes the establishment of an Office of Commercial High-Performance Green Buildings, under the direction of the Department of Energy, tasked to coordinate efforts to achieve the national goal to reduce commercial building energy use and achieve zero-net-energy commercial buildings.Once passed, this bill is expected to conference with the legislation passed by the Senate earlier this summer. This information was provided by the Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA) Intl. To find out more, contact Karen Penafiel at (202) 326-6323 or (firstname.lastname@example.org). Previous ArticleNext ArticleENERGY STAR Announces 2013 Upgrade of Portfolio Manager Read more on Security » Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Share Share Other Open Social Related Coverage Test Security Systems for Cyber Risk Do Your IoT Devices Risk a Security Breach? Most Buildings Not Prepared For Cyberattacks Related Articles Security Most Buildings Not Prepared For Cyberattacks Security Hotel Security: What Can Be Done to Prevent Mass Shootings? Security New White Paper Urges FMs to be Smarter About Smart Buildings Security A New Approach to Vendor Risk Management Life/Fire Safety 7 Most Essential NFPA® Standards for Building Owners Sustainability / Resilience How to Future-Proof Your Building Building Controls The First Steps of Adding Intelligence to Your Facility Energy Management How to Increase Productivity and Engagement in Outdoor Spaces Building Controls Fine-Tuning HVAC Controls for Maximum Efficiency Related Articles How to Implement Building Technologies The Amenities Tenants Really Want Implementing Green Leases: An Exclusive Interview with Kathleen Hogan Bike Parking at Commercial Buildings - An Increasing Trend Tips to Attract the Next Generation of Property Managers Sponsored Links Smart roof systems improve building energy efficiency. Polyglass’ Polyfresko® cap sheets with CURE Technology® saves on energy. Engineered to perform, Polyfresko has superior granule adhesion and excellent puncture, stain and UV resistance. Increase profitability by cleaning smarter and transforming your building into a high performing asset. Get tips from High Performance Building experts Whether it’s earning an IREM credential or increasing your job skills, any goal in property management can be accomplished with IREM education. Click here to visit our website!