Congressman Cory Gardner is pushing for legislation that will make government buildings more energy efficient at no cost to taxpayers. Gardner says his amendment would also make it easier for private sector companies to do the work. The amendment pushes for the Department of Veterans Affairs to identify ways in which their facilities could be more efficent by allowing them to participate in Energy Savings Performance Contracts with private companies. The company must then guarantee that the project improvements will produce energy savings sufficient to pay for the project and would only receive such payments if performance guarantees are met. Last month, Gardner offered a similar amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act.