Reading the Fine Print in the American Clean Energy and Security Act

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We read this letter regarding the American Clean Energy and Security Act to the Mesquite Local News and thought it deserved a partial re-print
The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, HR 2454 (Cap & Trade), has passed the House of Representatives and is now in the Senate for final approval.
If this bill passes, energy efficiency of homes will need to be measured and posted via a label on the premises.
Section 202 creates a Building Retrofit Program to mandate a national retrofit program to increase the energy efficiency of all existing homes one year after enactment.
You will not be able to sell your home unless you retrofit it to comply with the energy and water efficiency standard of this act.
Section 204 creates a Building Energy Performance Labeling Program that will establish labeling for each individual residence to identify the achieved energy efficiency performance standard.
Within five years after the date of enactment, 90% of all residential homes in the U.S. must be measured and labeled.

We’d be interested to hear your opinion on this section of the bill. We fully support building homes using sustainable materials and techniques but is more government involvement in the process a good thing for the green building movement? The retrofit option doesn’t sound great as we’d hope current buildings would be “grandfathered” into the bill.
Maybe we’ve got it all wrong. What do you think?

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Timothy Dahl

Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.