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In 2007, President George Bush signed the Energy Independence and Security Act.  Included in the Act is Section 433, which requires that all new federal buildings (and major renovations of federal buildings costing at least $2.5 million) meet a fossil fuel-generated energy consumption reduction of 55% in 2010, 65% in 2015, 80% in 2020, 90% […]

In March, The Rockefeller Foundation and DB Climate Change Advisors released a research paper entitled United States Building Energy Efficiency Retrofits: Market Sizing and Financing Models. Among other things, the report makes the following findings with respect to energy efficiency retrofits in terms of energy savings, greenhouses gases, and job creation. Energy Savings:  The report […]

Recently, the Preservation Green Lab of the National Trust for Historic Preservation issued a report that confirms the environmental benefit of building reuse.  The report concludes, among other things, that it can take between 10 to 80 years for a new energy efficient building to overcome the climate change impacts created by its construction.  The […]

On January 25, 2012, a federal district court in New Mexico issued a permanent injunction prohibiting Albuquerque, New Mexico from enacting a municipal energy code that required new buildings to achieve a high level of energy efficiency.  The decision, unless overturned on appeal, effectively requires the city to go back to the drawing board and […]

On December 2, 2011, President Barack Obama directed federal agencies to enter into at least $2 billion worth of contracts over the next two years to improve government buildings’ energy efficiency.  According to a Presidential Memorandum, the contracts should be performance based, meaning that the upfront costs will be paid over time by the energy […]

On November 17, 2011, EPA released its Healthy Indoor Environment Protocols for home energy upgrades to better integrate health protections into energy efficiency programs.  According to EPA, this guidance will provide the home energy industry the ability to identify, manage, and reduce health risks during home energy upgrades, retrofits or remodeling.  These  protocols describe a […]

On August 18, 2011, the Department of Energy said in a policy statement published in the Federal Register that it will use  a full-fuel-cycle analysis of appliance energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions when it determines energy conservation standards.  The full-fuel-cycle measures will provide a more accurate assessment of the appliances and equipment’s total […]

On July 25, 2011, the Department of Energy (DOE) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) announced that they had signed a memorandum of agreement stating that they will work together to develop energy efficiency standards and cooperate on energy programs. The memorandum, which is an update of a 2007 memorandum […]

The Department of Energy recently published two final determinations that will require states to review and possibly update their residential and commercial building energy efficiency codes. Pursuant to a July 19 final determination on low-rise residential buildings, states are required to file certification statements with DOE that they have reviewed energy efficiency provisions of their […]

On June 30th, the Department of Energy announced the Better Buildings Challenge, a public-private partnership that seeks to solicit large-scale commitments and provide financing and technical assistance for retrofitting thousands of commercial buildings. According to DOE, the Challenge has already obtained commitments from 11 corporations and three cities to retrofit 300 million square feet of […]

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