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President Obama Wants to Bind Next President to Global Climate Accord

Ken Silverstein

Before Barack Obama leaves office, he wants to ensure that the next US president is bound by the climate accord signed in Paris last December. That’s why he has formally agreed to sign the treaty with China on Earth Day this week — to show the next president that the world is watching the biggest   …Continue Reading


Groups Seek to Update Green Building Standards

Carl Weinschenk

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the International Code Council (ICC), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) are proposing changes to high performance building standards. ASHRAE says that the organizations are offering nine changes to Standard 189.1, which is the “Standard for the Design of High   …Continue Reading


How to Simplify Building Energy Benchmarking & Transparency Laws

Jennifer Hermes

The upcoming deadlines for local building energy benchmarking and transparency laws makes this a busy time of year for building owners. The laws aim to reduce energy consumption (and environmental and financial costs as a result) in the building sector. These are local laws, so they differ from one city to the next, but they   …Continue Reading


ASHRAE Aims to Hike Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings

Carl Weinschenk

There are historic buildings all around us. There are some that have special significance and get special treatment. Most, however, didn’t play a dramatic role in history and still are working buildings. They just have been standing for a long time. These structures aren’t necessarily inefficient, but generally have a different profile than more modern   …Continue Reading


Bennington, VT, SD Energy Renovation Project on Hold

Carl Weinschenk

The Vermont Agency of Education has withheld approval for the Bennington School District’s energy renovation project because of the way in which the search for a contractor was conducted. The Manchester Journal said that the district is accused of having violated 16 V.S.A. § 3448f. The agency’s allegation is that the district’s request for proposals   …Continue Reading


New Energy Financing May Be Coming to Louisville

Carl Weinschenk

A new way of financing upgrades to commercial, industrial and apartment buildings of more than five units would be created in Louisville, KY, under an ordinance proposed by Councilman Bill Hollander, according The Courier-Journal. Under the plan, upgrades would be made through private financing. Those loans then would be paid back through the owner’s property   …Continue Reading


Energy Efficiency Rules Adopted in the Yukon

Carl Weinschenk

The Yukon has adopted energy efficiency rules for new homes and renovations, according to the Yukon News. Section 9.36 of Canada’s National Building Code now requires an EnerGuide efficiency rating of 78 out of 100. The story says that most homes in the territory won’t be impacted since Whitehorse has a bylaw that exceeds that rating   …Continue Reading


New Hampshire May Increase Energy Efficiency Spending

Carl Weinschenk

The New Hampshire State Senate has narrowly approved Senate Bill 492, which would increase funding to energy efficiency initiatives in schools, town offices and for low-income residents, according to The Concord Monitor. The bill, the story says, redistributes proceeds the state receives from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), which is a cap-and-trade program. It will do   …Continue Reading


Orlando Considers Building Water, Energy Use Ratings

Carl Weinschenk

Legislators in Orlando, Florida, are considering requiring owners of large buildings to report their energy and water use publicly. The story at The Orlando Sentinel says that the city is one of 15 nationwide considering such measures. The rules, which would include fines for buildings that don’t comply, could reach the city council in May. They would apply   …Continue Reading


DOE Setting New Standards for Commercial Boilers

Carl Weinschenk

The U.S. Department of Energy last week released a notice of proposed rulemaking on energy efficiency for commercial boilers. Energy managers and building owners shopping for units today should be aware that standards continually change. Though standards set by the DoE are for new boilers – buildings won’t be forced to replace units due to   …Continue Reading


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