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Monday, June 29, 2009

H. R. 2454 A BILL To create clean energy jobs, achieve energy independence, reduce global warming pollution and transition to a clean energy economy.

The fun starts on page 297. Looks like LEED is going to be required on all new buildings. They even mention something called ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2004. I can't for the life of me remember where I've heard of that recently. Oh, yeah, 90% of the LEED AP exam questions. They even mention Revit in there, but I'm not going to tell you on which of the 1092 pages it's on. Just kidding. No specific mention of Revit, but you're certainly not going to want to design all of your green buildings in CAD, so it's time to face the music, invest in BIM and our energy analysis software if you want to be able to do any work, and yes, it is for commercial, residential new and existing buildings.

Related link: House Bill and LEED?!http://therevitkid.blogspot.com/2009/06/house-bill-and-leed.html

http://www.rules.house.gov/111/LegText/111_hr2454.pdf

TITLE II—ENERGY EFFICIENCY
14 Subtitle A—Building Energy
15 Efficiency Programs
16 SEC. 201. GREATER ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN BUILDING
17 CODES.
18 Section 304 of the Energy Conservation and Produc19
tion Act (42 U.S.C. 6833) is amended to read as follows:
20 ‘‘SEC. 304. GREATER ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN BUILDING
21 CODES.
22 ‘‘(a) ENERGY EFFICIENCY TARGETS.—
23 ‘‘(1) IN GENERAL.—Except as provided in para24
graph (2) or (3), the national building code energy ef25
ficiency target for the national average percentage
1 improvement of a building’s energy performance when
2 built to a code meeting the target shall be—
3 ‘‘(A) effective on the date of enactment of
4 the American Clean Energy and Security Act of
5 2009, 30 percent reduction in energy use relative
6 to a comparable building constructed in compli7
ance with the baseline code;

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