“California officials on Thursday approved energy efficiency standards for new homes and commercial buildings that officials are describing as the toughest in the nation. …
“The new requirements, set to go into effect in 2014, will reduce energy use in California homes and businesses by 25 percent or more, commission officials said.”
Read the full story at the San Francisco Chronicle. I’ll post more details about the new building efficiency standards tomorrow.
For those that want the details now, the full 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards Rulemaking is online here.
I just want to remind folks that we have launched a “Webinars” page to feature interesting online presentations. You can navigate to the Webinars page using links at the right side of the blog.
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November 10, 2010 (Wednesday)
Pacific Energy Center: “Chris Hammer – What’s Behavior Got To Do With Energy Efficiency?”
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
We often look to technology to capture energy savings. What about the behavior of individuals in the home and workplace? Chris Hammer will describe occupant actions that save energy, discuss social science research on behavior and energy, and review case studies of organizations that implemented behavior change programs.
Free event. For more info and links to register here.
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November 18, 2010 (Thursday)
Build It Green: “Passive House – A Sustainable Building Revolution in California”
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Expectations for building occupant comfort, health and efficiency are increasing simultaneously. The Passive House standard meets all of these requirements at once. By producing buildings with energy demands that can be met at a renewable scale of production, Passive House can future-proof our communities and put California on track to meet our greeenhouse gas emission reduction targets. The future of building is here!An in-depth look at the Passive House standard by the leading local experts in the field, this webinar will:
- Detail current retrofit and new construction Passive House projects and approaches in the Bay Area
- Retrofit lessons learned and phased approaches
- Illustrate how Passive House meets or exceeds the California Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan, and makes net-zero and energy-positive buildings feasible TODAY in the most cost-effective way possible
- Explore how the Passive House standard can integrate with and enhance GPR and other green building rating systems.
Free for Build It Green members, $10 for non-members – more info and links to register here.
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The Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) just released two technical reports on how to achieve 50% energy savings in both new and existing large office buildings and large hospitals.
You can download the full report, “Technical Support Document: Strategies for 50% Energy Savings in Large Office Buildings,” as a pdf here.
You can download the other full report, “Large Hospital 50% Energy Savings: Technical Support Document,” as a pdf here.
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New York state passed the “Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act,” requiring that manufacturers accept and recycle many types of e-waste starting in April 2011 (soon!)- NY State Dept. of Environmental Conservation and NRDC.
Green roofs are now required for many new buildings in Copenhagen – Treehugger.
A lawyer has started a blog focusing on legal issues specifically related to green building, with many recent posts focusing on the LEED rating system and the USGBC – Green Building Law Update.