Category: Government Relations

IIBEC Pushes for Support of California Dept. of Justice Pro-QBS Regulations

April 28, 2022

When the California Department of Justice asked for comments on a proposal to craft its own version of qualifications-based selection (QBS) for the procurement of architectural and engineering services, IIBEC jumped into action, contacting state-based allies who said they were planning on submitting comments that largely supported the regulations as written. IIBEC realized the best course of action would be to work through our coalition, the Council on Federal Procurement of Architectural & Engineering Services (COFPAES), to support the regulatory effort. COFPAES did submit comments outlining the history of QBS and why the procurement process serves the interest of taxpayers. IIBEC will continue to follow this regulatory effort and will take action if necessary.

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Department of Energy Issues Energy-Saving Rules for Federal Buildings

March 31, 2022

Last week, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced new building energy code requirements for federal buildings. Specifically, on March 30, DOE’s press release proposed: Beginning in April 2023, all new buildings and major retrofits constructed by the Federal government must comply with the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) and the 2019 American Society […]

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President Signs Omnibus Funding Bill with IIBEC Language Protecting Brooks Act

March 16, 2022

On March 15, 2022, President Joe Biden signed into law the $1.5 trillion Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022, funding the government for the rest of the fiscal year. Also included in the bill is $13.6 billion to provide emergency assistance to Ukraine and NATO allies. The funding bill arrived five-and-a-half months late, in part due to […]

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DOE Announces Reorganization to Implement Clean Energy Investments From Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Energy Act of 2020

March 16, 2022

By John Boling The Department of Energy (DOE) undertook a reorganization last month to implement the clean energy provisions included in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Energy Act of 2020. IIBEC is a supporter of the DOE Better Building Initiative, a collaborative program seeking to make the nation’s homes, commercial buildings, and industrial plants more […]

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IIBEC Joins Over 200 Signatories Calling for Congress to Open Its Doors

March 13, 2022

On Wednesday, March 9, 2022, IIBEC joined with 210 parties on a letter to congressional leaders asking to discuss how to safely and securely reopen Capitol Hill. IIBEC is a sponsor of the upcoming 2022 Roofing Day, happening April 5-6, which will bring industry leaders to Capitol Hill to discuss critical issues. IIBEC believes it […]

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Administration Launches Coalition to Reduce Existing Building Emissions

January 27, 2022

By John Boling President Joe Biden announced the launch of the “Buildings Performance Standards Coalition” during remarks at the US Conference of Mayors on January 21, 2022. The partnership includes 33 state and local governments that encompass 20% of the country’s building footprint and 22% of its population. Maria Rachal, writing in SmartCities Dive, noted, […]

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Parker Sworn in as OSHA Head as Vaccine Mandate Rule Is Finalized

November 05, 2021

by John Boling On November 3, 2021, Doug Parker was sworn in as head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after receiving confirmation by the US Senate in late October. Parker most recently served as chief of California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health. During the Obama administration, he served as deputy assistant […]

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Climate Change Risk Management Plans Published by GSA and 20 Other Agencies

October 14, 2021

by John Boling A new General Services Administration (GSA) plan lays the groundwork for future climate-adaptation and resilience design considerations that may be required for buildings rented or constructed by the GSA. On October 7, the GSA announced the release of its Climate Risk Management Plan, which describes the actions that GSA will take in […]

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