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Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Titles as Introduced for portions of this bill
  • Better Buildings Act of 2015
  • Energy Efficient Government Technology Act

Official Titles

Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To promote energy efficiency, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (1)

Date Actions Overview
02/11/2015Introduced in House

All Actions (3)

Date All Actions
02/13/2015Referred to the Subcommittee on Energy and Power.
Action By: Committee on Energy and Commerce
02/11/2015Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Action By: House of Representatives
02/11/2015Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

Cosponsors (1)

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CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Rep. Welch, Peter [D-VT-At Large]* 02/11/2015

Committees (1)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Related Documents
House Energy and Commerce02/11/2015 Referred to
House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power02/13/2015 Referred to

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Introduced in House (02/11/2015)

Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015

Better Buildings Act of 2015

This bill requires the General Services Administration (GSA) to: (1) develop and publish model leasing provisions to encourage building owners and tenants to use greater cost-effective energy efficiency and water efficiency measures in commercial buildings, and (2) develop policies and best practices to implement the measures for the realty services provided by the GSA to federal agencies.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is required under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) to develop a voluntary Tenant Star program within the Energy Star program to recognize tenants of spaces in commercial buildings that voluntarily achieve high levels of energy efficiency. The EPA may develop a voluntary program to recognize commercial building owners and tenants that use high-performance energy efficiency measures in the design and construction of leased spaces.

Energy Efficient Government Technology Act

The EISA is amended also to require: (1) each federal agency to coordinate with the Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Energy (DOE), and the EPA to develop an implementation strategy for the maintenance, purchase, and use of energy-efficient and energy-saving information technologies; (2) DOE to maintain a data center energy practitioner program that leads to the certification of energy practitioners qualified to evaluate the energy usage and efficiency opportunities in federal data centers; and (3) DOE to establish an open data initiative to make information about federal data center energy usage available and accessible in a manner that encourages data center innovation, optimization, and consolidation.

DOE must maintain, and if necessary create, a database for storing and making available public energy-related information on commercial and multifamily buildings.