House Introduces Energy Savings and Building Efficiency Act

Window & Door
May 16, 2017

House Representatives Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR) introduced legislation to define the Department of Energy's role in the building code development process.

In a release, the Window and Door Manufacturers Association stated that the bill, HR 2361, is similar to legislation introduced in previous years that it has supported to address issues with DOE's code development participation. According to the release, DOE expanded its role and influence in the code development process including developing and advocating for DOE proposals that many from the construction industry believe were not reasonable or not cost-effective without adequate justification, and that DOE participation, as a federal agency, needs to more closely follow the federal rule-making process.

The bill addresses these issues by more clearly defining DOE's role as a technical advisor in the development of building codes, and prohibits DOE from engaging in advocacy for specific technologies and materials. In addition, this legislation requires that DOE-supported code change proposals and supporting data are published in the Federal Register and are open to comment by the public.

WDMA encourages members to visit the WDMA’s OneVoice Advocacy Center to contact their lawmakers and ask them to cosponsor H.R. 2361.