42 U.S. Code § 17082 - Zero Net Energy Commercial Buildings Initiative
In this section:
The term “consortium” means a High-Performance Green Building Consortium selected by the Commercial Director.
The term “initiative” means the Zero-Net-Energy Commercial Buildings Initiative established under subsection (b)(1).
(3) Zero-net-energy commercial building
The term “zero-net-energy commercial building” means a high-performance commercial building that is designed, constructed, and operated—
(B) to meet the balance of energy needs from sources of energy that do not produce greenhouse gases;
(1) In general
The Commercial Director shall establish an initiative, to be known as the “Zero-Net-Energy Commercial Buildings Initiative”—
(A) to reduce the quantity of energy consumed by commercial buildings located in the United States; and
(A) In general
Not later than 180 days after December 19, 2007, the Commercial Director shall competitively select, and enter into an agreement with, a consortium to develop and carry out the initiative.
(c) Goal of initiative
The goal of the initiative shall be to develop and disseminate technologies, practices, and policies for the development and establishment of zero net energy commercial buildings for—
In carrying out the initiative, the Commercial Director, in consultation with the consortium, may—
(1) conduct research and development on building science, design, materials, components, equipment and controls, operation and other practices, integration, energy use measurement, and benchmarking;
(2) conduct pilot programs and demonstration projects to evaluate replicable approaches to achieving energy efficient commercial buildings for a variety of building types in a variety of climate zones;
(3) conduct deployment, dissemination, and technical assistance activities to encourage widespread adoption of technologies, practices, and policies to achieve energy efficient commercial buildings;
(4) conduct other research, development, demonstration, and deployment activities necessary to achieve each goal of the initiative, as determined by the Commercial Director, in consultation with the consortium;
(5) develop training materials and courses for building professionals and trades on achieving cost-effective high-performance energy efficient buildings;
(6) develop and disseminate public education materials to share information on the benefits and cost-effectiveness of high-performance energy efficient buildings;
(7) support code-setting organizations and State and local governments in developing minimum performance standards in building codes that recognize the ready availability of many technologies utilized in high-performance energy efficient buildings;
(8) develop strategies for overcoming the split incentives between builders and purchasers, and landlords and tenants, to ensure that energy efficiency and high-performance investments are made that are cost-effective on a lifecycle basis; and
(e) Cost sharing
In carrying out this section, the Commercial Director shall require cost sharing in accordance with section 16352 of this title.
(f) Authorization of appropriations
There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section—