Senator Reid also introduced a companion bill, S. 1712, the Water Efficiency, Conservation and Adaptation Act of 2009, that would authorize the EPA's Water Sense Program. Companion House bills are expected soon.
According to MCAA’s National Update newsletter, the High Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition (HPBCCC), in which MCAA is a participant, also announced draft legislation that would improve federal building design, construction and operations contracting and operations procedures. The draft measure would encourage life-cycle costing for federal facility development and require:
- Total building commissioning
for federal facilities
- The use of integrated
project design and delivery systems
- The use of
Building Information Modeling on federal projects
education and training in high-performance building systems for federal
facility design, procurement and building operations personnel
- Performance tracking of federal facility energy performance
As the proposal moves forward, MCAA says it will seek federal agency recognition of its Green programs and certifications, and encourage outsourcing of federal facility energy audits, commissioning, operations, service and maintenance functions.