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(2) that all amounts expended by a utility for providing information concerning the availability of the energy audit offered pursuant to subsection (a)(1) are to be treated for such purposes as a current expense of providing utility service and charged to all ratepayers of such utility in the same manner as current operating expenses of providing such utility service, and

(3) that all other amounts expended by a public utility to carry out the provisions of this title, are recovered in the manner specified by the State regulatory authority which has ratemaking authority over such utility (or in the case of a nonregulated utility in the manner specified by such nonregulated utility); except that, in the case of a multifamily dwelling, the amount which may be recovered directly from an eligible customer for whom the activities described in subsection (a) are performed shall not exceed a total of $15 per dwelling unit or the actual cost of such activities, whichever is less; in determining the amount to be recovered directly from customers as provided under this paragraph, the State regulatory authority (in the case of a regulated utility) or the utility (in the case of a nonregulated utility) shall take into consideration, to the extent practicable, the customers' ability to pay and the likely levels of participation in the utility program which will result

from such recovery. (c) RATEPAYER.-For purposes of subsection (b), the term "ratepayer” means any person, State agency, or Federal agency who purchases electric energy or natural gas from a utility for purposes other than for resale. SEC. 732. BUILDING HEATING SUPPLIER PROGRAM.

(a) REQUIREMENTS.-Except as may be provided by the Secretary, the procedures for each building heating supplier program shall be identical to the procedures required for utilities in section 731(a).

(b) WAIVER.-The Governor may waive, for any building heating supplier, any requirement established pursuant to this section, upon demonstration to the Governor's satisfaction that the resources of such supplier do not enable the supplier to comply with such requirement.


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(a) PROMULGATION OF PLAN BY THE SECRETARY.-If a State does not have a plan approved under section 721 within 270 days after promulgation of rules under section 712(a), or within such additional period as the Secretary may allow pursuant to section 721(a), or if the Secretary determines after notice and opportunity for a public hearing that an approved plan is not being adequately implemented in such State, the Secretary shall

(1) promulgate a plan which meets the requirements of section 722; and

(2) under such plan, by order, require each regulated utility in the State to offer, no later than 90 days following the date of issuance of such order, to its eligible customers a utility program prescribed in such order which meets the requirements

specified in section 731. (b) NONREGULATED UTILITIES.—If a nonregulated utility which is not covered by an approved State plan under section 721 does not have a plan approved under such section within 270 days after pro mulgation of rules under section 712(a) or within such additional period as the Secretary may allow pursuant to section 721(a), or if the Secretary determines that such nonregulated utility has not adequately implemented an approved plan, the Secretary shall, by order, require such nonregulated utility

(1) to promulgate a plan which meets the requirements of section 723 and which applies to the commercial buildings and multifamily dwellings which would have been covered had such a plan been so approved or implemented; and

(2) no later than 90 days following the date of issuance of such order, to offer to its customers a utility program prescribed in such plan which meets the requirements specified in

section 731. (c) ENFORCEMENT.-If the Secretary determines that any person has violated any provision of this title, any plan approved or promulgated under this title, or any order issued pursuant thereto, the Secretary may file a petition in the appropriate United States district court to enjoin such person from violating such provision, plan, or order. The provisions of subsections (c) and (d) of section 219 shall apply to any violation of any order or plan promulgated by the Secretary under authority of subsections (a) and (b) of this section.

Approved November 9, 1978.



[Public Law 93-383; 88 Stat. 729; 12 U.S.C. 17013-2)


SEC. 809. (a)(1) The Congress finds (A) that the lack of an authoritative national source to make findings and to advise both the public and private sectors of the economy with respect to the use of building science and technology in achieving nationally acceptable standards and other technical provision for use in Federal, State, and local housing and building regulations is an obstacle to efforts by and imposes severe burdens upon all those who procure, design, construct, use, operate, maintain, and retire physical facilities, and frequently results in the failure to take full advantage of new and useful developments in technology which could improve our living environment; (B) that the establishment of model buildings codes or of a single national building code will not completely resolve the problem because of the difficulty at all levels of government in updating their housing and building regulations to reflect new developments in technology, as well as the irregularities and inconsistencies which arise in applying such requirements to particular localities or special local conditions; (C) that the lack of uniform housing and building regulatory provisions increases the costs of construction and thereby reduces the amount of housing and other community facilities which can be provided; and (D) that the existence of a single authoritative nationally recognized institution to provide for the evaluation of new technology could facilitate introduction of such innovations and their acceptance at the Federal, State, and local levels.

(2) The Congress further finds, however, that while an authoritative source of technical findings is needed, various private organizations and institutions, private industry, labor, and Federal and other governmental agencies and entities are presently engaged in building research, technology development, testing, and evaluation, standards and model code development and promulgation, and information dissemination. These existing activities should be encouraged and these capabilities effectively utilize wherever possible and appropriate to the purposes of this section.

(3) The Congress declares that an authoritative nongovernmental instrument needs to be created to address the problems and issues described in paragraph (1), that the creation of such an instrument should be initiated by the Government, with the advice and assistance of the National Academy of Sciences-National Academy of Engineering-National Research Council (hereinafter referred to as the

Academies-Research Council”) and of the various sectors of the building community, including labor and management, technical experts in building science and technology, and the various levels of government.

(bX(1) There is authorized to be established, for the purposes described in subsection (a)(3), an appropriate nonprofit, nongovernmental instrument to be known as the National Institute of Building Sciences (hereinafter referred to as the "Institute"), which shall not be an agency or establishment of the United States Government. The Institute shall be subject to the provisions of this section and, to the extent consistent with this section, to a charter of the Congress if such a charter is requested and issued or to the District of Columbia Nonprofit Corporation Act if that is deemed preferable.

(2) The Academies-Research Council, along with other agencies and orgainzations which are knowledgeable in the field of building technology, shall advise and assist in (A) the establishment of the Institute; (B) the development of an organizational framework to encourage and provide for the maximum feasible participation of public and private scientific, technical, and financial orgainzations, institutions, and agencies now engaged in activities, pertinent to the development, promulgation, and maintenance of performance criteria, standards, and other technical provisions for building codes and other regulations, and (C) the promulgation of appropriate organizational rules and procedures including those for the se lection and operation of a technical staff, such rules and procedures to be based upon the primary object of promoting the public interest and insuring that the widest possible variety of interests and experience essential to the functions of the Institute are represented in the Institute's operations. Recommendations of the Academies-Research Council shall be based upon consultations with and recommendations from various private organizations and institutions, labor, private industry, and governmental agencies entities operating in the field, and the Consultative Council as provided for under subsection (c/8).

(3) Nothing in this section shall be construed as expressing the intent of the Congress that the Academies-Research Council itself be required to assume any function or operation vested in the Institute by or under this section.

(c)(1) The Institute shall have a Board of Directors (hereinafter referred to as the "Board") consisting of not less than fifteen nor more than twenty-one members, appointed by the President of the United States by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. The Board shall be representative of the various segments of the building community, of the various regions of the country, and of the consumers who are or would be affected by actions taken in the exercise of the functions and responsibilities of the Institute, and shall include (A) representatives of the construction industry, including representatives of construction labor organizations, product manufacturers, and builders, housing management experts, and experts in building standards, codes, and fire safety, and (B) members representative of the public interest in such numbers as may be necessary to assure that a majority of the members of the Board represent the public interest and that there is adequate consideration by the Institute of consumer interests in the exercise of its functions and responsibilities. Those representing the public interest on the Board shall include architects, professional engineers, of

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ficials of Federal, State, and local agencies, and representatives of consumer organizations. Such members of the Board shall hold no financial interest or membership in, nor be employed by, or receive other compensation from, any company, association, or other group associated with the manufacture, distribution, installation, or maintenance of specialized building products, equipment, systems, subsystems, or other construction materials and techniques for which there are available substitutes.

(2) The members of the initial Board shall serve as incorporators and shall take whatever actions are necessary to establish the Institute as provided for under subsection (b)(1).

(3) The term of office of each member of the initial and succeeding Boards shall be three years; except that (A) any member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which his predecessor was appointed shall be appointed for the remainder of such term; and (B) the terms of office of members first taking office shall begin on the date of incorporation and shall expire, as designated at the time of their appointment, onethird at the end of one year, one-third at the end of two years, and one-third at the end of three years. No member shall be eligible to serve in excess of three consecutive terms of three years each. Notwithstanding the preceding provisions of this subsection, a member whose term has expired may serve until his successor has qualified.

(4) Any vacancy in the initial and succeding Boards shall not affect its power, but shall be filled in the manner in which the original appointments were made, or, after the first five years of operation, as provided for by the organizational rules and procedures of the Institute; except that, notwithstanding any such rules and procedures as may be adopted by the Institute, the President of the United States, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, shall appoint, as representative of the public interest, two of the members of the Board of Directors selected each year for terms commencing in that year.

(5) The President shall designate one of the members appointed to the initial Board as Chairman; thereafter, the members of the initial and succeeding Boards shall annually elect one of their number as Chairman. The Members of the Board shall also elect one or more of their Members as Vice Chairman. Terms of the Chairman and Vice Chairman shall be for one year and no individual shall serve as Chairman or Vice Chairman for more than two consecutive terms.

(6) The members of the initial or succeeding Boards shall not, by reason of such membership, be deemed to be employees of the United States Government. They shall, while attending meetings of the Board or while engaged in duties related to such meetings or in other activities of the Board pursuant to this section, be entitled to receive compensation at the rate of $100 per day including traveltime, and while away from their homes or regular places of business they may be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, equal to that authorized under section 5703 of title 5, United States Code, for persons in the Government service employed intermittently.

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