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Monday, December 7, 2009

Cities Will Soon Regulate Energy Use

It's funny how I randomly come across information to post for my blogs but they directly tie into each other and it's typically by accident. Take the last post about ASHRAE and this one and they come to me as if by magic. If you have trouble keeping up with all my blog posts, just imagine what I go through to read all of this stuff. Count your blessing that I post about a 20th of what I read daily.

That being said, we're in for a rough December. You see, this blog post will be number 894. It is my goal to have 1,000 blog posts by December 31st. That means I have to crank out 106 blog posts this month. It's not going to be easy, but I will try to make them relevant and rewarding.

Posted on December 3, 2009 by Chris Cheatham
Repost: http://www.greenbuildinglawupdate.com/2009/12/articles/codes-and-regulations/city/cities-will-soon-regulate-energy-use/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GreenBuildingLawUpdate+%28Green+Building+Law+Update%29
The future of green building regulations usually starts in big cities. Cities like San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and New York City were some of the first to incorporate green building certification into regulations and building codes. The next frontier in green building regulations will be energy performance and New York City seems to be at the forefront. The New York Times recently reported this anecdote about future New York City green building policy:
The New York City Council is drafting a law that will dispatch auditors to measure large buildings’ energy use, with potential fines for landlords who fail to retrofit their systems.
There are other examples of regulations focused on energy efficiency:

The United States Green Building Council is also modifying its LEED rating system to reduce actual energy usage. With the launch of LEED 2009, the USGBC now requires the reporting of energy data. As we reported in September, Scot Horst, USGBC executive, has stated that the LEED certification will eventually require buildings to achieve a specified level of energy performance.
The eyes of the green building industry are focused on energy efficiency. You should be too.

Related Links:
In Washington, DC, Energy Star Benchmarking Law Arrives (CoStar Group)
The Future of LEED: Re-certification (GBLU)
So Who Left the Lights On? The System Knows (NYT)
Super Star Green Label Proposed (GBLU)
Source: Cities Will Soon Regulate Energy Use


Erik December 7, 2009 at 12:07 PM  

Good luck with the 1000 posts. I'm looking forward to it. :)

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