Energy & Environmental News  
Revised Energy Bill Passes House,  
Heads to Conference Committee  
he U.S. House of Representatives  
recently approved an amended  
version of the comprehensive  
energy bill that the Senate passed  
in April. It now goes to a joint con-  
gressional conference committee,  
where differences will be resolved to  
ensure that President Obama signs  
the final bill.  
The House approved the revised  
energy bill by a 241-178 vote. House  
Republicans replaced the bipartisan  
Senate bill with their earlier version,  
which the Obama administration has  
pledged to veto.  
when evaluating financial eligibility technical assistance the Department  
The revised House legislation, for an FHA-insured mortgage. That of Energy (DOE) can provide in devel-  
which originally passed in December measure is strongly supported by the oping new model energy codes and  
015, includes several additional ener- Window and Door Manufacturers guarantees that certain products and  
gy and natural resources bills. But Association (WDMA) and was a focus technologies don’t receive preferen-  
it doesn’t have an amendment from of the organization’s lobbying efforts tial treatment. The legislation pro-  
the Senate bill that directs the Federal on Capitol Hill in April.  
motes the development of efficiency  
Housing Administration (FHA) to However, the revised House bill targets for buildings that strike the  
incorporate energy efficiency savings does contain one amendment sup- proper cost-benefit balance, ensuring  
from doors, windows and skylights ported by WDMA. It defines what that home owners and builders are  
not burdened by unreasonable reg-  
ulations. It also would prevent DOE  
from supporting any code or standard  
change proposal that results in a pay-  
back period of more than ten years.  
EE Global Forum Puts Efficiency Front and Center  
The 2016 Energy Efficiency (EE) Global Forum, held recently in Washington,  
D.C., featured a major announcement about corporate commitment to a green-  
er future.  
Mark Kenber, CEO of The Climate Group, unveiled the EP 100 global cam-  
paign, which encourages influential businesses around the world to double  
their energy productivity, a measure of economic output per energy use. A big  
part of that will involve the construction of energy-efficient buildings with  
high-performance glazing.  
Health Product Declarations  
ASSA ABLOY has issued Health  
Product Declarations (HPDs) for 21  
door and hardware products.  
Companies that want to make big energy productivity commitments with  
regard to buildings are working on three things,” said Kenber. “One is lighting,  
one is motors, and a big one is definitely insulation, which includes high-per-  
formance windows and glass.”  
Other announcements at the EE Global Forum also focused on energy effi-  
ciency in buildings.  
The Alliance to Save Energy, which sponsors the EE Global event, unveiled  
its Systems Efficiency Initiative (SEI) Year 1 report, Greater than the Sum of its  
Parts: The Case for a Systems Approach to Energy Efficiency. The study looks at  
how a systems-efficiency approach to building design, construction, operation  
and maintenance can lead to greater energy savings.  
The Health Product Declaration is  
an open standard for reporting mate-  
rial contents and potential health  
hazards. An HPD is a transparent way  
for manufacturers to disclose con-  
tents and ingredients in their prod-  
ucts to customers, suppliers, certifi-  
ers, and building standards organi-  
zations, making for a healthier built  
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