A bill recently introduced in the Senate would improve the efficiency of homes and commercial buildings, advace the adoption of improved building codes with greater efficiency requirements, and require the federal government facilities to adopt efficient measures and require new federal buildings to meet the highest efficiency standards.
The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2011 (Bill S.1000) would promote greater efficiency for buildings and appliances as part of a national energy efficiency strategy.
The aim of the bill is to use "a variety of low-cost tools to reduce barriers for private sector energy users and drive adoption of off-the-shelf efficiency technologies that will save businesses and consumers money, make America more energy independent, and reduce emissions." It would also create a goal of achieving net-zero-energy building by 2030. The "bill recognizes a fundamental reality: the best and cheapest energy available is the energy we don’t use."
Although the bill has bipartisan support (Senators Jeanne Shaheen [D-NH] and Rob Portman [R-OH]) and is also supported by many industries, it still has to make its way through the legislative process.