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Federal Bird-Safe Buildings Act of 2017

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Official Title as Introduced

To amend title 40, United States Code, to direct the Administrator of General Services to incorporate bird-safe building materials and design features into public buildings, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (1)

Date Actions Overview
05/18/2017Introduced in House

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05/19/2017Referred to the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management.
Action By: Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
05/18/2017Referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
Action By: House of Representatives
05/18/2017Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Related Documents
House Transportation and Infrastructure05/18/2017 Referred to
House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management05/19/2017 Referred to

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Introduced in House (05/18/2017)

Federal Bird-Safe Buildings Act of 2017

This bill requires each public building constructed, substantially altered, or acquired by the General Services Administration (GSA) to meet the following standards:

  • at least 90% of the exposed facade material from ground level to 40 feet shall not be composed of glass or shall be composed of glass employing elements that preclude bird collisions without completely obscuring vision, ultraviolet (UV) patterned glass that contains UV-reflective or contrasting patterns that are visible to birds, patterns on glass designed in accordance with a rule that restricts horizontal spaces to less than 2 inches high and vertical spaces to less than 4 inches wide, opaque, etched, stained, frosted, or translucent glass, or any combination of these methods (modified glass);
  • at least 60% of the exposed facade material above 40 feet shall meet such glass standard;
  • there shall not be any transparent passageways or corners;
  • all glass adjacent to atria or courtyards containing water features, plants, and other materials attractive to birds shall meet the modified glass standard; and
  • outside lighting shall be appropriately shielded and minimized.

GSA must: (1) ensure that actual bird mortality is monitored at each public building; and (2) reduce exterior building and site lighting for each public building, where practicable.

The bill exempts historic buildings of national significance, the White House and its grounds, the Supreme Court building and its grounds, and the U.S. Capitol and its related buildings and grounds from the provisions of this bill.