Legislation + Regulation

Legislation + Regulation

Congress Passes BRIGHT Act Requiring Federal Buildings To Procure Efficient Lighting

Both houses of Congress have passed The BRIGHT Act to ensure federal buildings utilize energy-efficient lighting. The House passed the bill on September 14, 2022, and the Senate passed the bill on March 30, 2022. The bill still requires the signature of President Biden before it becomes law.

Legislation + Regulation, Lighting Industry

Important Details About The California Fluorescent Lamp Ban

On September 18, 2022, California banned fluorescent lamps, both CFLs and linear fluorescent lamps, joining Vermont’s ban in May, and the EU’s ban in December. California went beyond Vermont’s ban on 4’ lamps, by banning linear fluorescent tubes up to 8’ long.I chased down the legislative details for you.

Energy + Environment, Legislation + Regulation

Energy Efficiency Tax Deductions Expanded By The Inflation Reduction Act

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022 was signed into law on August 16, 2022. Among the provisions included in this bill is the expansion of the Section 179D tax deduction for building energy efficiency. Thousands of commercial building owners have utilized the 179D tax deduction since its inception in 2005, and this expansion potentially allows for many more to not only utilize the deduction but also claim larger amounts than previously available.

Energy + Environment, Legislation + Regulation

US DOE Releases Industrial Sector Decarbonization Agenda

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released its “Industrial Decarbonization Roadmap” a comprehensive report identifying four key pathways to reduce industrial emissions in American manufacturing, on September 7, 2022.

Legislation + Regulation

Updated GSA Requirements For Lighting In Federal Buildings

In October, 2021, the GSA published updated rules for the construction and renovation of federal buildings (excluding military buildings). The “P100” is a 316-page document outlining construction and renovation guidelines.

Legislation + Regulation, Lighting Industry

US DOE Publishes New Test Procedures For GSFL, IRL, & GSIL Lamps

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register Final Rule adopting amendments to the test procedures for general service fluorescent lamps (GSFLs), incandescent reflector lamps (IRLs), and general service incandescent lamps.

Legislation + Regulation

DOE Publishes Final Rule For Ceiling Fan Test Procedures

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice amending the test procedures for ceiling fans.

Energy + Environment, Legislation + Regulation

What The IRA / Climate Law Can Mean For The Green Building Industry

Last week, President Biden signed the $750 Billion Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). The new law addresses inflation, climate, energy, prescription drug policy, and corporate tax changes. Roughly $370 Billion are focused on combatting climate change, including energy generation and transmission, manufacturing, transportation, agriculture, and environmental justice. 

Energy + Environment, Legislation + Regulation

Ready Or Not, Here Comes Climate Action

Significant climate action legislation is occurring at the US Federal level, as well as in Massachusetts and Maryland.

Energy + Environment, Legislation + Regulation

Could Sustainable Lighting Product Regulations Be Coming to North America?

Industry discussions about sustainable lighting are increasing, but what would sustainable product regulations look like? The European Union (EU) is far ahead of North America on sustainable product regulations, and a look at what the EU is doing gives one vision of where sustainable product regulations could go in North America.


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