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Stretch Codes Could Potentially Expedite the Advancement of Green Buildings

Stretch Codes Could Potentially Expedite the Advancement of Green Buildings

Could stretch codes supercharge the green building marketplace? GreenBiz, November 10, 2017 This week, thousands of building industry professionals converged at Greenbuild 2017 to share their excitement and progress toward advancing green buildings. But while the number of green buildings has grown dramatically over the last decade, the pace of construction still falls far short of what

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Ontario Increases Energy Efficiency Building Code Guidelines

Ontario’s new energy-efficiency rules could save homeowners money in long run The Globe and Mail, July 20, 2017 When Ian Roland and Linda Rothstein, who are partners in both law and marriage, decided to extensively renovate their home three years ago, they made green design a key priority, and not just because they wanted, as

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Defending Energy Star Against the Trump Administration

US State Attorneys To Sue Trump Administration Over Energy Efficiency Standards Clean Technica, April 5, 2017 US State Attorneys led by New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman have filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration for illegally blocking energy efficiency standards that the claimants believe not only cut costs but cut pollution levels as

ENERGY STAR

The Five Biggest Accomplishments of the ENERGY STAR Program

Daniel Pidgeon, ERS, for Zondits The Energy Star program was launched by the EPA and DOE in 1992 to promote energy-efficient household appliances, lighting, heating systems, air conditioners, and other such items. The program is completely voluntary, and both manufacturers and consumers enjoy the benefits. By setting an international standard for energy-efficiency, this program has

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ENERGY STAR Program in Danger

Lisa Markowski, ERS, for Zondits The well-known ENERGY STAR program for labeling energy-efficient products is in jeopardy, as the Trump administration looks to cut it from the budget. This potential elimination joins a growing list of presidential plans that critics say will increase risk to the environment. The Republican president has already pledged to do

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Performance-Based Energy Standards for Data Centers

Data Centers: Energy Efficiency and Maintenance ASHRAE, September 13, 2016 A newly published energy standard for data centers features a performance-based approach that is more flexible and accommodating of innovative changes that rapidly occur in design, construction and operations in that industry. ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 90.4-2016, Energy Standard for Data Centers, establishes the minimum energy-efficiency requirements

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Five Efficiency Standards Under the Trump Administration’s Purview

Fate of Five Final Energy Efficiency Rules Could Be Up to Trump Bloomberg BNA, December 29, 2016 Five final energy efficiency appliance standards issued by the Obama administration Dec. 28 could be undone by the Trump administration due to a new review period. The Energy Department issued final rules increasing energy efficiency requirements for walk-in

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California Adopts Efficiency Standards for Computers and Monitors

California Is First State To Set Energy-Efficiency Limits For Computers NPR, December 16, 2016 California is the first state to adopt efficiency standards for computers and monitors, the state’s energy commission announced this week. The commission approved regulations that limit the amount of energy computers and small servers can use when they are idling, asleep

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