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In Advocacy and policy 07.23.2015

Barriers to industrial energy efficiency: LEED can help!

As the industrial sector’s relative significance in U.S. energy use grows, tapping into the sector’s efficiency potential becomes more critical as well. In 2012, the industrial sector accounted for 32% of all energy consumption, and by 2025 its share is expected to exceed 36%. Manufacturing operations accounted for 74% of the industrial sector, representing 24% of all energy consumed in the U.S. in 2012 (EIA).  Barriers to Industrial Energy Efficiency, a Report to Congress...

In Advocacy and policy 07.15.2015

Solar on commercial buildings: An opportunity to comment

Are you interested in how to facilitate more solar on our nation’s commercial buildings? If so, we invite you to take advantage of an opportunity to voice your ideas. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), under its SunShot Initiative and the Better Buildings Alliance (BBA), recently issued a Request for Information (RFI) to explore strategies to support, expand, and streamline efforts to deploy solar on and for commercial buildings in the U.S. real estate market. Comments are due July 27....

In Advocacy and policy 06.23.2015

Cities continue to lead the way in the Global City Teams Challenge

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of attending the Global City Teams Challenge hosted in the historic National Building Museum and organized by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and US Ignite.  Project teams from around the world displayed their applications of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies within the context of a smart city or smart community environment. Teams tackled projects with the goal of improving emergency response, transportation, health,...

In Advocacy and policy 06.11.2015

Building Coalition Unveils 2015 Policy Priorities at kick-off to High Performance...

This week, the High Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition (HPBCCC) unveiled its 2015 Policy Priorities for the 114th U.S. Congress. The document marks a first for the Coalition that can serve as the framework for advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill and the executive agencies. HPBCCC is made up of approximately 200 organization, including USGBC, that provides guidance and support to the High-Performance Building Caucus of the U.S. Congress. The Caucus is co-chaired by Rep....

In Advocacy and policy 07.22.2015

U.S. Senate Finance Committee votes to advance green building policies

In the run up to the 2015 August Congressional work period the U.S. Senate Finance Committee made an important move to renew and extend a $95 billion tax incentives package that expired at the end of last year. The “Final Passage of an Original Bill to Extend Certain Expiring Tax Provisions” passed on a 23-3 vote. The legislation includes a number of important elements that will continue to support the efficiency of the building industry. In particular, the bill extends and...

In Advocacy and policy 07.7.2015

State of California buildings focus on water, energy, environment, performance

This article originally appeared on GBIG Insight. Read the original article. Green building has long been part of California’s approach to a wide array of energy, water, environment, and development priorities. There are more than 3,500 LEED-certified green buildings in the state totaling more than 500 million square feet of real estate (see stats). At the direction of California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., the California Department of General Services (DGS) leads the state green...

In Advocacy and policy 06.19.2015

Creating an energy efficiency superpower: The 26th annual Energy Efficiency Forum

When it comes to energy efficiency and technological innovation, “follow the money” was the advice of Jim Connaughton, Executive VP of C3 Energy and former Chairman of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) under the Bush Administration. Connaughton was the first of many distinguished speakers at the 26th Annual Energy Efficiency Forum hosted by Johnson Controls Inc. (JCI) and the United States Energy Association (USEA). The theme of this year’s forum was...

In Advocacy and policy 05.28.2015

Closing out Building Safety Month

We are passionate about a lot of things here at USGBC, and saving energy is certainly one of them. Building Safety Month 2015 comes to an end with a final focus on energy in week four, $ave Energy, Build to Code.  Energy efficiency is the first step in building green and is the backbone of LEED—and the pioneering system rewards energy savings through a myriad of credits, across several credit categories. LEED-certified buildings cost less to operate, reducing energy and water bills...

In Advocacy and policy 07.21.2015

House gives thumbs up to affordable housing efficiency program

Last week the U.S. House of Representatives voted in favor of another important efficiency bill.The Private Investment in Housing Act, introduced by a bipartisan group of lawmakers including Representatives Dennis Ross (FL), Jim Himes (CT), Emanuel Cleaver (MO) and John Delaney (MD), passed by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 395-28. It is nearly identical to the provisions found in the energy efficiency legislation commonly known as Shaheen-Portman. This is the second bill to advance...

In Advocacy and policy 06.24.2015

Energy efficiency for the roof, the grid and the people

The Senate Democratic Caucus meets regularly in a roundtable format to hear from industry and thought leaders about various issues surrounding the policy work they are engaged in. These meetings provide an open forum for the provision of new information to government leaders, as well as an opportunity to field questions and address concerns. Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking to the group about the importance of energy efficiency. As Director of Sustainability at GAF, I have a...

In Advocacy and policy 06.12.2015

Celebrating the people behind Building Safety Month

Building Safety Month 2015 came into focus for me when I met Nick Carver, Building Official for the City of Maplewood, Minnesota, at a reception held by the International Code Council commemorating another successful campaign raising awareness around building safety and building codes.  Mr. Carver was in attendance to receive the Building Official of the Year Award. After all, what value are these public policies anyway if there aren’t great people like Nick implementing them, and...

In Advocacy and policy 05.21.2015

Water Safe, Water Smart—Build to Code (Building Safety Month: Week 3)

Water safety takes center stage in week three of Building Safety Month, Water Safe, Water Smart – Build to Code. The International Code Council’s (ICC) website features tips on staying safe from water related hazards. When using and managing water in a building, plumbing codes provide the foundation for safe conditions.  USGBC has collaborated with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Professionals (ASHRAE), the International Code Council,...

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