Part one of the Act, called the Better Buildings Act but better known as the Tenant Star program, is aimed at commercial building owners and is designed to help tenants reduce their energy consumption. The Act is careful to say that the program is voluntary so that owners and landlords don’t feel forced to partake in it, although it does recognize and reward those who do.
Part two of the Act specifically targets grid-enabled water heaters.
Part three requires federal agencies to purchase and implement energy efficient and energy-saving information technologies. It also seeks to improve the energy efficiency of federal data centers.
Part four requires that federally-leased buildings disclose their energy usage. (Federally-owned buildings are already being subjected to this) It also states that the Department of Energy must complete best practices studies for energy usage and disclose policies for owners of commercial, multi-family and multi-tenant buildings.
The goal of the Act is several-fold: utility bill savings, job creation, improved environment, enhanced energy efficiency, and more secure energy sources.
Progress on the bill is positive, but it isn’t yet clear if it will move onto the Senate in its entirety or as a series of energy-related bills.
Complete information on the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2014 can be found here.
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