H.Res. 1407: Supporting the goals and ideals of High-Performance Building Week

H.Res. 1407

Supporting the goals and ideals of High-Performance Building Week

June 22, 2010 (111th Congress, 2nd Session)

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Floor Situation

H.Res. 1407 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Tuesday, June 22, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Judy Biggert (R-IL) on May 27, 2010.

Bill Summary

H.Res. 1407 would resolve that the House of Representatives:

  • “Supports the goals and ideals of High-Performance Building Week;
  • “Recognizes and reaffirms our Nation's commitment to high-performance buildings by promoting awareness about their benefits and by promoting new education programs, supporting research, and expanding access to information;
  • “Recognizes the unique role that the Department of Energy plays through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Building Technologies Program, which works closely with the building industry and manufacturers to conduct research and development on technologies and practices for building energy efficiency;
  • “Recognizes the important role that the National Institute of Standards and Technology plays in developing the measurement science needed to develop, test, integrate, and demonstrate the new building technologies; and
  • “Encourages further research and development of high-performance building standards, research, and development.”


According to the resolution's findings, the High-Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition has declared the week of June 13 through June 19, 2010, as "High-Performance Building Week." According to the Department of Energy (DOE), "the Building Technologies Program works to improve the efficiency of buildings and the equipment, components, and systems within them." In addition, the DOE also funds the Commercial Building Initiative which "aims to significantly improve the energy efficiency of new and existing commercial buildings." The Democrats' "stimulus" bill included $5 billion in funding to retrofit federal facilities in order to make them "high performance green buildings."