New Energy Bill Has Implications for
Glass and Glazing Industry Implications
he Senate approved a compre- standard change proposal that re- (H.R. 8) last December. That bill con-
hensive energy bill in April, sults in a payback period of more tains an amendment, which was not
defining what technical assis- than ten years.
voted on by the Senate, that is included
“WDMA member involvement and in the House version of the bill.
A conference committee will work
tance the Department of Energy
DOE) can provide in developing new engagement with their lawmakers
model energy codes. It also ensures proved to be crucial in this effort,” on reconciling the House and Senate
that certain products and technologies says Michael O’Brien, WDMA presi- bills. Since the Senate did not in-
are not given preferential treatment.
dent and CEO. “When the industry clude the building code language
The Energy Policy Modernization works together, we can achieve and the House did not include the
Act (S. 2012) is “the first ambitious progress in the policymaking arena, FHA language, WDMA says it
energy bill approved by the Senate in even when faced with congressional will continue to work with lawmak-
nearly a decade,” the Associated gridlock. We would like to thank the ers to ensure both are included in
sponsors of the legislation and all the the final version.
While some groups support the
legislation, others don’t. The Ameri-
According to the Window and industry representatives who con-
Door Manufacturers Association tacted their senators.”
The bill includes an amendment can Institute of Architects (AIA), for
WDMA), which pushed to get the
legislation passed, the bill promotes directing the Federal Housing Ad- instance, pushed back at the act,
the development of efficiency targets ministration (FHA) to incorporate which it says repeals targets for re-
for buildings that strike the proper energy efficiency savings from ducing fossil fuel consumption in
cost-benefit balance. This would en- doors, windows and skylights when federal buildings contained in Sec-
sure builders and homeowners are evaluating financial eligibility for an tion 433 of the Energy Independence
not burdened by unreasonable regu- FHA-insured mortgage.
lations. It also would prevent the The vote comes after the House of
and Security Act of 2007.
“Cutting fossil fuel consumption in
DOE from supporting any code or Representatives passed an energy bill new and renovated federal buildings
by 2030 is clearly something we can
achieve as a nation,” says AIA presi-
dent Russell Davidson.“My fellow ar-
chitects are already designing
Updated National Green Building buildings that are net zero con-
sumers of energy. According to gov-
ernment statistics, better designed
buildings have already saved our
Standard Now Available
he American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved the
ICC/ASHRAE 700-2015 National Green Building Standard (NGBS), which
is now available for public use.
country approximately $560 billion
in energy costs since 2005.
“… Therefore it makes no public pol-
icy sense for Congress to cave in to the
oil and gas lobby and kill requirements
to reduce fossil fuel consumption in
federal buildings.As we have noted be-
fore, residential and commercial build-
ings account for almost 40 percent of
both total U.S.energy consumption and
carbon dioxide emissions.”
Some significant changes to the 2015 edition include the energy efficiency
chapter, which references the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code.
It also expanded builder options by including environmental product declara-
tions for both specific and industry-wide products. Green practices such as
energy, water and resource conservation; indoor air quality; lot and site de-
velopment; and building operation and owner education remain largely intact.
The International Code Council (ICC), ASHRAE and the National Association
of Home Builders joined forces to develop the NGBS. Home Innovation Re-
search Labs served as administrator of the standard development process, as
it has done in previous versions.
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