H.R. 2126: Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2014

May 23, 2013
Passed House
20% chance of being enacted
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David McKinley
Representative for West Virginia's 1st congressional district
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Mar 06, 2014
33 pages
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Last Action: Jun 19, 2013


This bill passed in the House on March 5, 2014 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.

Introduced May 23, 2013
Referred to Committee May 23, 2013
Reported by Committee Jan 28, 2014
Passed House Mar 05, 2014
Passed Senate ...
Signed by the President ...

20% chance of being enacted.

Only about 23% of bills that made it past committee in 2011–2013 were enacted. [show factors | methodology]

Full Title

To promote energy efficiency, and for other purposes.


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On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended
Mar 05, 2014 3:46 p.m.
Passed 375/36

1 cosponsors (1D) (show)

House Energy and Commerce

Energy and Power

Senate Energy and Natural Resources

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Library of Congress Summary

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Better Buildings Act of 2013 - Requires the Administrator of General Services (GSA) to develop and publish model leasing provisions for use in leasing documents that designate a federal agency as a landlord or tenant to encourage building owners and tenants to invest in cost-effective energy efficiency measures.
Requires the Administrator to:
(1) develop policies and best practices to implement such measures for the realty services provided by the Administrator to federal agencies, including periodic training of federal employees and contractors on how to identify and evaluate such measures; and
(2) make available such model leasing provisions and best practices to state, county, and municipal governments that manage owned and leased building space to encourage investment in such energy efficiency measures.
Amends the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to require the Department of Energy's (DOE) Assistant Secretary of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to study the feasibility of:
(1) significantly improving energy efficiency in commercial buildings through the design and construction of separate spaces with high-performance energy efficiency measures, and
(2) encouraging owners and tenants to implement such measures in separate spaces.
Requires the Secretary to publish such study on DOE's website.
Requires the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop a voluntary Tenant Star program within the Energy Star program to recognize tenants in commercial buildings that voluntarily achieve high levels of energy efficiency in separate spaces.
Requires DOE's Administrator of the Energy Information Administration to collect data on categories of building occupancy that consume significant quantities of energy and on other aspects of the property, building operation, or building occupancy determined to be relevant to lowering energy consumption.
Prohibits the impact on climate change from being a factor in determining energy efficiency of commercial building tenants.

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