SMACNA endorses the bipartisan H.R. 756, The Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act of 2015, introduced by Representatives Cartwright, Gibson and Welch.
First introduced in the 113th Congress as H.R. 4092, this legislation passed the House unanimously last year. As introduced, H.R. 756 included more than 40 bipartisan cosponsors.
H. R. 756 would create a one-stop-shop clearinghouse to disseminate information regarding available federal programs and financing mechanisms that may be used to help initiate, develop, and finance energy efficiency, distributed generation, and energy retrofitting projects for schools. The bill would also improve efforts to raise awareness of these federal programs. H.R. 756 does not require additional spending and does not create any new federal programs.
School districts and communities across the United States have long expressed a broad interest in and need for making energy efficiency improvements. Serious problems with school buildings and educational infrastructure are widespread and distributed throughout the nation, with about 14 million students attending schools that need extensive repair. Many of these problems involve the heating, ventilating, air conditioning systems – the very systems responsible for vast amounts of energy consumption and the creation of healthy and comfortable indoor environments. By upgrading these systems, energy efficiency is increased, learning environments are improved, and scarce funds are conserved. H.R. 756 would make it easier for schools to utilize existing federal programs and financing mechanisms, helping to improve the energy efficiency and learning environment of schools.
SMACNA strongly encourages House Members to support improvements to energy efficiency and healthy indoor learning environments by passing H.R. 756 this year.
SMACNA, an international trade association representing 4,500 contributing contractor firms, is a leader in promoting quality and excellence in the sheet metal and air conditioning industry. SMACNA has national offices in Chantilly, Va., outside of Washington, D.C., and on Capitol Hill. Visit www.smacna.org.