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H.R.6 Signed by President

H.R. 6, “an act to move the United States toward greater energy independence and security, to increase the production of clean renewable fuels, to protect consumers, to increase the efficiency of products, buildings, and vehicles, to promote research on and deploy greenhouse gas capture and storage options, and to improve the energy performance of the Federal Government,” was signed on Wednesday, December 19, by President Bush.

Introduced by Rep. Nick J. Rahall (D-W.Va.), the bill calls for the General Services Administration to develop an Office for Green Building, which would do the following:

  • Report biennially to Congress on green building initiatives;
  • Identify a standard most likely to encourage a comprehensive and environmentally-sound approach to certification of green buildings;
  • Establish the Green Building Advisory Committee;
  • Establish a national high-performance green building information clearinghouse;
  • Develop a high-performance green building research plan;
  • Implement a federal facilities indoor air quality program to ensure occupant safety; and
  • Analyze budget and contracting practices that affect high-performance green buildings, including barriers to green building life-cycle costing and budgetary issues.

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