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Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015 Could Help HVAC Market

30 April 2015

The United States Congress, with bipartisan support, has passed a bill titled the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015. The bill aims to promote energy efficiency in commercial buildings in three ways:

  • By developing a new voluntary energy program within the current Energy Star framework
  • By adopting new regulations for smart grid-enabled water heaters
  • Promote benchmarking and public disclosure of energy usage for buildings so tenants and building owners can better understand current energy performance level of their space

While it is presently unclear in the current language of the bill if or how the public disclosure of energy usage for individual buildings will be accessible to the general public, the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industry could greatly benefit from such legislation if that is indeed the case.

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