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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 […]

In January 2012, Deutsche Bank announced the release of a report that examined 230 affordable multifamily housing projects in New York City that had undergone energy efficiency retrofits.  The goal of the study was to examine energy savings in these buildings and to see if energy savings projections could be included in underwriting practices for […]

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 […]

Zoning laws can sometimes make it more difficult for building owners to construct new green buildings or make existing ones more energy efficient.  The New York City Department of City Planning has attempted to address this issue by introducing Zone Green, a set of zoning proposals designed to remove some of these impediments and make […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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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