The American Society of Plumbing Engineers has aligned itself with 19 leading plumbing and mechanical industry organizations to support H.R. 4801, a bill that would call for the Department of Energy to report the impact and potential savings of improved thermal insulation in federal buildings.

The bill provides a clear mechanism for the federal government, the largest consumer of energy in the United States, to save resources and cut spending to work toward a viable energy strategy for the future.

The coalition sent a letter to U.S. representatives Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) and Jerry McNerney (D-Calif.), the introducers of the bill, offering assistance in helping it pass. The letter stated, “The increased use of thermal insulation in federal buildings would provide a simple and actionable strategy to reduce energy use and cut unnecessary costs, consequently achieving tangible energy-efficient results.”

The bill passed the House of Representatives on June 23, but as of pme’s press time, hadn’t been taken up in the Senate.