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On April 30, 2012, the New York City Council unanimously approved Zone Green, New York City’s proposed zoning amendments that remove various hurdles for developers and building owners to incorporate green elements such as solar energy systems, thicker walls for insulation and rooftop gardens into their properties.  A previous blog  post detailing these amendments is […]

On December 27, 2011, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed into law three bills that enacted recommendations of the New York City Green Codes Task Force.  The bills are aimed at carrying out long-term municipal plans to reduce carbon emissions, improve air and water quality, and limit waste. The first bill (Intro. No. 576-A) […]

In October 2011, EPA Region III approved Washington D.C.’s municipal separate storm sewer system permit.  Among other things, the permit requires that dynamic stormwater management techniques such as vegetated roofs and rainfall retention on properties for at least 24 hours must be deployed.   The permit replaces a permit issued by the agency in 2004. According […]

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 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 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 […]

In April 2011, the New York City Council passed three bills concerning rooftops that had been recommended by the Green Codes Task Force.  These bills were recently signed into law by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and now become part of the New York City building code.  The three laws are as follows: Intro. No. 347-A:  This […]

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 […]

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 […]

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