Green Building Law Update Service

Center for Climate Change Law

On November 9, 2010, Governor David A. Patterson released the interim New York State Climate Action Plan.  The plan, which is open for public comment until February 7, 2011, identifies improving energy efficiency in buildings as one of five sector-based strategies to reduce greenhouse (GHG) emissions and advance clean energy in New York State. Executive […]

On October 28, 2010, the EPA Office of Inspector General released a report criticizing the agency’s efforts in implementing the Energy Star Program. According to the report, the  program has become inconsistent with its purpose to identify and promote energy-efficient products and practices that meet energy conservation standards. The report found that in implementing the […]

On November 9, 2010, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a news release stating that taxpayers weatherizing their homes with energy saving modifications may be eligible for two tax credits. According to the news release, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act expanded two home energy tax credits: the nonbusiness energy property credit and the residential […]

On November 9, 2010, the Obama Administration announced a new home energy scoring program developed by the Department of Energy (DOE) and a new loan program developed by the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).  The programs are part of the White House Council of Environmental Quality and Vice-President Joseph Biden’s office referred to as “Recovery Through […]

On November 2, 2010, the International Energy Agency (IEA) released a report finding that improving the energy efficiency of buildings by carrying out energy performance certifications could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 12.6 gigatons by 2050. According to the report, entitled “Energy Performance Certification of Buildings,” buildings account for about 40 percent of […]

On November 1, 2010, the American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy (ACEEE) announced the release of the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), a model building energy code.  According to ACEEE, over 500 local and state building code officials voted on a package of changes to the 2009 IECC, the most recent version of […]

On November 1, 2010, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that three online retailers have agreed to pay a total of $417,500 in civil fines for failing to provide Energy Guide information on their websites in violation of the Appliance Labeling Rule.  The three retailers are Abt Electronics, Pinnacle Marketing Group, and P.C. Richard & […]

On October 28, 2010, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced that it was raising the requirements for new and substantially renovated federal buildings that it oversees.  Now, federal buildings under GSA’s jurisdiction are required to obtain a Gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, […]

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