Policy Issues

Responsible economic growth depends on the efficient use of energy and other resources. The Roundtable remains committed to policies that promote optimal and cost-effective energy efficiency investments in buildings.
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  • EPA's ENERGY STAR - For Buildings Issue Position Background

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR for buildings program has been a success since its creation in 1998.  The Roundtable supports EPA’s ENERGY STAR as a voluntary, market-driven platform for building owners and managers to “label” their assets as top energy efficiency performers. 

  • EPA's ENERGY STAR - For Tenants Issue Position Background

    In 2018, the federal EPA issued its first labels to recognize commercial building tenants for high performance design and construction of leased spaces.  The Roundtable supports EPA’s tenant-level label as a necessary complement to the agency’s “whole building” rating program.

  • Building Energy Codes Issue Position Background

    The Roundtable has long-supported the bipartisan Energy Savings and Industrial Competiveness (“ESIC”) Act (S. 2137).  The ESIC Act brings greater transparency to the U.S. Energy Department’s opaque role in shaping model building energy codes.  It also allows real estate stakeholders to introduce energy code comments with greater emphasis on costs, financial returns, and small business impacts associated with building investments in HVAC, lights, insulation and windows. 

  • Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives - E-QUIP Issue Position Background

    The Roundtable has developed a tax incentive proposal to encourage energy efficient building improvements – known as “E-QUIP.”  Supported by real estate and environmental organizations alike, E-QUIP proposes a 10-year accelerated depreciation period for high-performance components installed in commercial and multifamily buildings. 

     

     

     

  • Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) Issue Position Background

    The Roundtable is at the forefront to advocate for improved nationwide data collected by the federal government on the real estate sector’s energy use.  In particular, the CBECS survey needs to gather data from a fuller cross-section of U.S. commercial buildings to more accurately reflect our industry’s myriad building types, sizes, and uses.

  • Smart Sectors Program Issue Position Background

    The Roundtable is pleased to continue its partnership with EPA through the “Smart Sectors” program, to achieve positive environmental outcomes that further economic growth. 

  • EB-5 Investor Program Issue Position Background

    Reforms from Congress to overhaul the EB-5 investment visa program are long overdue.  The Roundtable supports comprehensive principles offered by numerous stakeholders to reform EB-5 with measures that deter investor fraud, safeguard national security, and balance access to foreign investment capital for rural and urban projects to create jobs for American workers.   

  • Encouraging Foreign Tourism to U.S. Issue Position Background

    The Roundtable supports policies to attract international visitation to the United States.  Spending by foreign travelers at our hospitality, retail, and attraction properties boosts national GDP and helps correct the trade imbalance.  Notably, Congress should extend and fund the "Brand USA" public-private partnership before it expires in 2020, to market America as a premier travel destination that welcomes overseas visitors.

  • Cannabis Policy Issue Position Background

    The Roundtable supports a “safe harbor” from federal sanctions for banking and real estate providers that serve legitimate cannabis-related businesses (“CRBs”) deemed legal under state law. 

     

  • Property Rights Issue Position Background

    Private property rights safeguarded by the Fifth Amendment’s Takings Clause of the U.S. Constitution are frequently addressed in the nation’s courts.  The Roundtable assesses worthy opportunities for amicus brief participation to help establish important judicial precedent for real estate owners.

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The Roundtable’s Sustainability Policy Advisory Committee (SPAC) is led by chairman Tony Malkin (Empire State Realty Trust) and Daniel Egan (Vornado Realty Trust) serving as vice chair. 

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