RESBlog - Legislation

Washington Update – Home Star Has New Lease on Life

July 27th, 2010 - Posted by RESNET under Legislation, RESNET News, RESNET Notes, RESNET Notes - July 2010

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has announced that he will be offering a pared down energy bill as early as this week that has an opportunity to pass before Congress adjourns.  The proposed legislation would include the Home Star Program. The bill does not address climate change and is stripped down to three components:

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RESNET Proposes Quality Assurance Amendments to National Home Energy Rating Standards

July 27th, 2010 - Posted by RESNET under Legislation, RESNET News, RESNET Notes, RESNET Notes - July 2010

RESNET has submitted proposed amendments to the quality assurance provisions of the Mortgage Industry National Home Energy Rating Standards for the standard amendment public review and comment process. The proposed amendment would make significant changes to RESNET quality assurance procedures.  On February 18, 2010, the RESNET Standards Committee approved a first round of changes (a.k.a.

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Home Star Legislation Continues to Make Progress in Congress – Provision Added for Tax Credit for Reducing HERS Index

June 28th, 2010 - Posted by RESNET under Hot Topics, Legislation, RESNET News, RESNET Notes, RESNET Notes - June 2010

The U.S. House of Representatives based an authorization bill for Home Star in early May 2010.  On May 25th, the Senate version of the legislation was referred to the Senate Finance Committee, which has not acted on the legislation.  Before the legislation can be signed into law by the President, the Senate must pass its

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House Passes Extension of Energy Efficient Homes Tax Credit – But Senate Action Blocked by Republican Filibuster

June 28th, 2010 - Posted by RESNET under Energy Efficiency, Legislation, RESNET News, RESNET Notes, RESNET Notes - June 2010

On May 28, 3010, the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR 4213 that included the extension of the $2,000 federal tax credit for energy efficient new homes.  Below is the language that was passed: SEC. 206. NEW ENERGY EFFICIENT HOME CREDIT. (a) IN GENERAL.—Subsection (g) of section 45L is amended by striking ‘‘December 31, 2009’’

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Baltimore County, MD Adopts HERS and RESNET for Defining High Performance Homes for Property Tax Credit

June 28th, 2010 - Posted by RESNET under Hot Topics, Legislation, RESNET News, RESNET Notes, RESNET Notes - June 2010

On May 2, 2010, the County Council of Baltimore County, Maryland adopted Bill No. 43-10.  The legislation “An Act Concerning High Performance Homes,” provides for a credit on a home’s property tax for three years for either a new home that exceeds the HERS reference home by 40% or for an existing home whose energy

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House Energy and Commerce Committee Passes Comprehensive Energy and Climate Legislation

May 22nd, 2009 - Posted by RESNET under Energy Efficiency, Legislation

House Panel Passes Limit on Greenhouse-Gas Emissions May 22, 2009 Washington Post By David A. Fahrenthold A bill to create the first national limit on greenhouse-gas emissions was approved by a House committee yesterday after a week of late-night debates that cemented the shift of climate change from rhetorical jousting to a subject of serious,

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Proposed House Legislation Would Reduce Nationwide Energy Use 8%, Doubles Savings from 2007 Act

April 21st, 2009 - Posted by RESNET under Legislation

Pending federal energy efficiency provisions could reduce U.S. energy use by 10.6 quadrillion Btu’s, about 10% of projected U.S. energy use in 2020, according to a new analysis released today by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). These energy efficiency savings are more than the entire current energy use of the state of California,

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