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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 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 […]

For the third consecutive year, EPA released a list of the cities with the most Energy Star-certified buildings.  For the second year in a row, Los Angeles was the top city, with 510 Energy Star-certified buildings, significantly improving on its 2010 total of 293 certified buildings. Washington, DC, San Francisco, Chicago, and New York rounded […]

In February 2011, EPA launched its Sustainable Communities Building Blocks Program.  The program is seeking to make tools and resources available to communities wishing to improve quality of life issues and to make themselves more environmentally sustainable.  EPA will select 20 communities for targeted assistance.  The Program is geared toward communities that are relatively new […]

In November 2010, EPA announced the first WaterSense-labeled homes in the country.  According to EPA, four WaterSense labeled new homes were built by KB Home in Roseville, California, and will save an average of 10,000 gallons of water and at least $100 on utility costs each year. Since signing on as the first national builder […]

On October 28, 2010, the EPA Office of Inspector General released a report criticizing the agency’s efforts in implementing the Energy Star Program. According to the report, the  program has become inconsistent with its purpose to identify and promote energy-efficient products and practices that meet energy conservation standards. The report found that in implementing the […]

In June 2010, EPA Region 4 released the Sustainable Design and Green Building Toolkit for Local Governments.  The 83 page toolkit was  developed in response to local governments’ requests for assistance to help them identify and remove permitting barriers to sustainable design and green building practices.  It provides a resource for municipalities that are interested […]

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