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Standard 189.1-2014 Now Available via ASHRAE

Linda Hardesty

New requirements to further reduce energy of buildings are contained in the 2014 version of the green building standard from ASHRAE, the US Green Building Council and the Illuminating Engineering Society. ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2014, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, addresses energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality, among other   …Continue Reading


In Jeopardy: Energy Efficiency Programs in Arizona

Linda Hardesty

The Arizona Corporation Commission wants to let state utilities off the hook for providing energy efficiency programs, reports The Arizona Republic. Currently, Arizona electric utilities are required to reduce the amount of power they sell by 22 percent by 2020 by helping customers save energy. The energy-efficiency requirement was established by the commission in 2010.   …Continue Reading


GBI Says It’s ‘Equal to LEED’

Linda Hardesty

The Green Building Initiative (GBI) hailed the new US Department of Energy ruling, which states that in cases where federal agencies choose to use green building certification systems to meet federal sustainability and energy standards, they must choose a system that verifies enhanced energy and water efficiency within guidelines set out by the new rule.   …Continue Reading


Understanding the Building Blocks to Emission Reduction

Karen Henry

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has identified four building blocks to help states achieve the “best system of emissions reduction” (BSER) to help them comply with the Agency’s Clean Power Plan. The following “building blocks” of BSER incorporate reduction measures both inside and outside the footprint of the affected generators, including energy efficiency: Heat   …Continue Reading


Texas Battles EPA on Carbon Emissions Rules

Devon Bass

Representatives and officials from the state of Texas are pushing back against the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed new federal standards to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, saying that they will disproportionately affect the state and that the new guidelines might be out of compliance with previously-passed legislation. In an ongoing effort by the Obama administration   …Continue Reading


ASHRAE 90.1-2013 Becomes Official for State Building Codes

Linda Hardesty

Following preliminary analysis that ASHRAE/IES’s 2013 energy efficiency standard contains energy savings over the 2010 standard – 8.5 percent source energy savings and 7.6 site energy savings – the US Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a ruling that establishes the 2013 standard as the commercial building reference standard for state building energy codes. ANSI/ASHRAE/IES   …Continue Reading


3,000 NY City Buildings to Get Energy Retrofits

Linda Hardesty

New York City is committing to an 80 percent reduction in emissions by 2050, with 2005 as a baseline. Central to that commitment, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a sweeping plan to retrofit public and private buildings – One City, Built to Last: Transforming New York City’s Buildings for a Low-Carbon Future. Every single city-owned   …Continue Reading


Renew 179D Tax Deduction, Says Energy Management Association

Linda Hardesty

Representatives Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) and Dave Loebsack (IA-02), along with 16 other members of Congress, introduced HR 5559, the Bridge to a Clean Energy Future Act of 2014. The bill would: -Extend the Production Tax Credit for wind energy through 2016. -Offer wind investors parity with solar investors, giving investors in each technology similar tax   …Continue Reading


White House Bullish on Energy Efficiency

Linda Hardesty

The White House announced a sweeping series of executive actions to advance energy efficiency in the United States as follows: DOE’s Solar Instructor Training Network is launching a veterans’ job training pilot project at up to three military bases this fall. The pilot will connect the veteran population with DOE’s network of more than 400   …Continue Reading


ESOS: The Energy Data Clock Is Ticking…

Graham Boret

Remember, remember the 5th of December… The fundamental ESOS question UK businesses and organizations should be asking themselves right now, is not, “Are we ready for December 2015 compliance?” but “Do we have procedures in place to capture 12 months of consecutive energy data before then?” Be warned – the latest date to start measuring   …Continue Reading


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