Green Building Law Update Service

Center for Climate Change Law

Increasingly, states and municipalities are requiring buildings within their jurisdictions to perform energy audits or otherwise disclose their energy use, usually referred to as “benchmarking.” A building energy audit is simply a report on a building’s energy use and performance, as well as measures that can be taken to increase energy efficiency and reduce costs.  […]

In February 2011, EPA launched its Sustainable Communities Building Blocks Program.  The program is seeking to make tools and resources available to communities wishing to improve quality of life issues and to make themselves more environmentally sustainable.  EPA will select 20 communities for targeted assistance.  The Program is geared toward communities that are relatively new […]

On February 7, 2011, a federal district court in Washington State held that the Washington State Building Code Council did not violate federal law when it established energy efficiency standards for new residential construction that are more strict than those required under federal statutes. In 2006, the Washington Building Code Council adopted a building energy […]

On March 7, 2011, the Department of Energy (DOE) adopted a final rule that expands its authority to enforce energy efficiency and water conservation standards for certain lighting, appliances, and other products covered under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA).  The final rule allows DOE to initiate enforcement actions, such as testing equipment to […]

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