Congress is taking progressively keener interest in America’s carbon footprint. The Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007 is a good example. Passed “to move the United States toward greater energy independence and security,” EISA aims to create a nationwide Zero-Net-Energy initiative for commercial buildings built after 2025. It also creates an Office of Commercial High Performance Green Buildings to be managed under the Department of Energy’s umbrella.
EISA touches on a host of topics, from in-home appliances to light bulbs, greenhouse gases to a lofty “zero-net-energy” policy. Groups contemplating commercial builds in the near future might be particularly interested in Title 4 of the Act. Titled “Energy Savings in Buildings and Industry” this provision calls for promotion of more energy efficient buildings and better public awareness. (FULL text of EISA). It isn’t just energy efficiency catching higher federal scrutiny, either.
The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), passed in 2011, updated the manner in which the FDA secures food safety. One result of the act has been the FDA’s release of new standards governing produce intended for public consumption. These rules – like the EISA – touch everything from pesticides to water quality. It’s beyond the purview of this post to review in detail, but people interested in more information can watch a free webinar or peruse the FDA’s site for more information. (Webinar / FSMA resources). What do initiatives like EISA and FSMA mean for people or groups contemplating investing in a controlled environment farm?
Design and construction of buildings will increasingly focus on the energy footprint of the building and its internal operations. Your design team at agroBuild will define and design the systems within your building to achieve the balance of energy use and food safety required by statute and best practices.