Green Building Law Update Service

Center for Climate Change Law

In May 2011, New York City announced that it is accepting applications for the Municipal Entrepreneurial Testing System (METS), a new program that will allow startup companies to test green products, such as smart meters and renewable energy technologies, in city-owned properties.  According to the city, METS will help clean-tech companies market their products more […]

On May 16, 2011, the International Energy Agency (IEA) released a report that found that greenhouse gas emissions from residential, commercial and public buildings, which currently account for about one-third of total energy consumption worldwide, could be reduced by 25% by 2050 by using energy-efficient technologies like solar heating and thermal storage. The report, entitled […]

On May 11, U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) introduced a wide-ranging bill setting energy efficiency standards for new federal buildings and requiring federal agencies to make publicly available energy use reductions. Among other things, the bill, entitled Reducing Federal Energy Dollars Act of 2011, would require federal agencies to release reports that detail energy and […]

On May 2, 2011, EPA announced the Battle of the Buildings, a competition among commercial, medical, educational, and public buildings to reduce energy use.  The competition, which is being administered by EPA’s Energy Star program, will pit the owners, operators, and managers of 245 buildings around the country in a head-to-head contest to improve energy […]

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