The Engineering News Record (ENR) posted an article yesterday afternoon, providing that the U.S. Department of Energy has proposed a new law that would mandate the incorporation of “sustainable design, siting and construction methods” on all federal new construction and renovations.
From the ENR report:
The proposal, published in the Federal Register on May 28, would implement provisions of 2005 and 2007 energy laws and President Obama’s Oct. 5, 2009, executive order requiring agencies to develop plans to improve federal buildings’ energy efficiency.
I am sure that most green building fans are glad to see a positive step forward for the federal government, said a spokesperson from fitproperties.com. This would of course truly illustrate that the federal government is willing to lead the charge in promoting a shift towards uniform sustainable building in the construction industry.
But, it appears that the DOE proposal falls short of establishing a particular protocol for levels of sustainability on each project. In fact, the proposal mainly mirrors Obama’s call to government to begin a “study” of how to better include green building in government projects.
No proposed building standard appears to be attached to the proposal either.
Further, the federal government still has conflicts between current day green building standards and a multitude of its projects, including military construction projects and anti-terrorism implements on construction projects.
So, we have a long way to go. But, this is a good first step. At least people in Texas are ready to take the plunge.