Green Building Law Update Service

Center for Climate Change Law

On February 10, 2011, ASTM released its Building Energy Performance Assessment (BEPA) Standard – E 2797-11.  This standard enables users to measure the energy performance of a commercial building in connection with a real estate transaction.  ASTM develops voluntary standards in a variety of fields.  The standard was developed in part because of an increasing […]

Last week, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to pass the Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance, which requires owners of commercial buildings  greater than 10,000 square feet to gather and publish data on the energy performance of their buildings, referred to as “benchmarking.”  Pursuant to the ordinance, non-residential building owners are now required […]

In January 2011, Senator Barbara Boxer introduced the Pollution and Costs Reduction Act (S. 77).  The Act would improve the efficiency and sustainability of the nation’s building sector and reduce air pollution from commercial and residential buildings by establishing a Building Pollution Reduction Program at EPA.  The program will provide financial assistance for activities that […]

On February 3rd, President Obama launched the Better Buildings Initiative, which is intended to make commercial buildings 20 percent more energy efficient over the next decade by catalyzing private sector investment through a series of incentives to upgrade offices, stores, schools and other municipal buildings, universities, hospitals, and other commercial buildings.  In addition to conserving […]

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