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Building Owners and Managers Association International

Tenant Star Heads to the President's Desk

On April 21, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the "Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015" (S. 535) with bipartisan support. The bill is also known as the "mini" Shaheen-Portman after its co-sponsors and longtime supporters, Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), who introduced the scaled-down bill after an previous version failed to pass earlier this year.

S. 535, which had passed in the Senate by a voice vote in the early hours of March 27, aims to create "Tenant Star," a free and voluntary program that would allow commercial real estate tenants to benchmark their energy efficiency and earn recognition from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This legislation is intended to replicate the success of the ENERGY STAR® program that allows building owners and managers to benchmark their buildings through the EPA's Portfolio Manager® tool and earn ENERGY STAR certification. BOMA International supports this no-mandate, no-cost program as it would advance energy efficiency through reduced regulatory burden, increase transparency and reward tenants who make saving energy a priority.

The Tenant Star legislation now moves to President Obama's desk, where it is expected to be signed into law.