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Center for Climate Change Law

On June 22, 2011, the New York State Legislature passed The Power NY Act of 2011 (A. 8510/S. 5844) (PNY Act).[1] Governor Cuomo is expected to sign it.  The new law, once enacted, would do two very important things:  (1) provide a mechanism to allow owners of residential and non-residential buildings to borrow money for […]

On June 13, 2011, a study funded by the Real Estate Roundtable, USGBC, and the Natural Resources Defense Council found that implementing the Obama Administration’s Better Buildings Initiative (BBI) would produce over 100,000 jobs over two years and save commercial building owners $1.4 billion a year in energy costs.  A previous blog entry discussing the […]

On June 7, 2011, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies issued a report finding that climate change could affect indoor environments as outdoor conditions change.  In particular, the report found that attempts to create more energy-efficient buildings and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems could interfere with building ventilation, potentially exposing people […]

In May 2011, the Global Environment Facility, in collaboration with two United Nation agencies (the U.N. Environment Program and the U.N. Human Settlements Program), announced a project to promote building energy efficiency in five East African countries in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  According to the announcement, the project will be implemented […]

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