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Greening of Federal Buildings Proposed in New House Bill
Historic Preservation Blog from PreservationDirectory.com - Energy Efficient Buildings Promotion Act of 2007, United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, LEED, historic rehabilitation
Contributed By: The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Email The Author: pr@nthp.org
Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org

Just prior to the July 4th recess, Rep. Tom Udall (D-NM) introduced a bill (HR 2947) that would establish energy performance standards for new federal or federally-supported buildings. The “Energy Efficient Buildings Promotion Act of 2007” would require for new federal buildings and federal buildings undergoing major renovations that they meet the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver level standards, or an equivalent standard approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). They must achieve at least a 60 percent reduction compared to the regional average energy consumption for that building type, and they must be built in a manner that will allow for declining fossil fuel energy consumption in amounts of 70 percent by 2011, 80 percent by 2015, 90 percent by 2020, and 100 percent by 2025. As the federal government is a major steward of historic buildings, the new LEED standards are a major step in the “greening” of historic rehabilitation. The National Trust is researching and promoting the role of historic buildings and structures as part of meeting new environmental efficiency standards and promoting long-term sustainability.

Reprinted by permission of the Public Policy Department of the National Trust


Keywords: Energy Efficient Buildings Promotion Act of 2007, United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, LEED, historic rehabilitation

Posted: July 15, 2007
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