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NCJ Number: 66915 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: UNCERTAINTIES ABOUT THE EFFECTIVENESS OF FEDERAL PROGRAMS TO MAKE NEW BUILDINGS MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: US Comptroller General
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 24
Sponsoring Agency: Azimuth Inc.
Fairmont, WV 26554
US Comptroller General
Washington, DC 20548
Sale Source: Azimuth Inc.
1000 Technology Drive, Suite 3120
Fairmont, WV 26554
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS REPORT PRESENTS GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE (GAO) EVALUATION RESULTS OF THE STATES' PROGRESS IN DEVELOPING AND IMPLEMENTING THERMAL EFFICIENCY STANDARDS FOR NEW BUILDINGS.
Abstract: DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DOE) AND NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF BUILDING SCIENCES RECORDS WERE REVIEWED. ON SITE VISITS WERE MADE TO 10 STATES AND 16 LOCAL JURISDICTIONS REPRESENTING A CROSS SECTION OF POTENTIAL PROBLEM AREAS. THE INVESTIGATION FOUND THE EFFICIENCY STANDARDS PROGRAM OF QUESTIONABLE EFFECTIVENESS. IN MANY STATES THE STANDARDS HAD NOT BEEN IMPLEMENTED BY THE TARGET DATE, JANUARY 1, 1978. GAO ESTIMATES THAT THESE DELAYS COULD REDUCE THE PROJECTED 1980 ENERGY SAVINGS BY THE EQUIVALENT OF ABOUT 46,000 BARRELS OF OIL PER DAY. WHILE 41 STATES HAD ADOPTED SOME TYPE OF THERMAL EFFICIENCY STANDARDS, 14 OTHERS DID NOT HAVE STANDARDS FOR ALL BUILDING CATEGORIES AND THE STANDARDS WERE NOT MANDATORY IN ALL JURISDICTIONS OF THE STATE. FURTHERMORE, DOE HAS NOT APPLIED THE MANDATORY CRITERIA OF COMPLIANCE CONSISTENTLY TO ALL STATES. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT DOE ALLOW MORE TIME FOR COMPLIANCE INSTEAD OF WITHDRAWING PROGRAM FUNDS. DELAYED IMPLEMENTATION OF BUILDING ENERGY STANDARDS IS PREDICTED FOR STATES WITHOUT PRIOR STANDARDS OF THEIR OWN. MOREOVER, STATES ARE NOT FULLY INFORMED ABOUT THE TYPE OF STANDARDS IN EXISTENCE IN THEIR LOCAL JURISDICTIONS. A JOINT FEDERAL - STATE EFFORT SHOULD BE UNDERTAKEN TO MONITOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT EFFORTS IN MEETING THERMAL EFFICIENCY STANDARDS. THE DOE NEEDS TO DEVELOP A MANAGEMENT SYSTEM PROVIDING A DATA BASE FOR EFFECTIVE EVALUATION OF STANDARDS IMPLEMENTATION. (MRK)
Index Term(s): Architectural design; Energy conservation; Federal aid; Federal programs; Local government; Specifications; Standards; State government; US Department of Energy; US Government Accountability Office (GAO)
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