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04/09/2010

BCAP’s 10 Places to Watch in 2010 Boosts Attention to Building Codes and Energy Efficiency

Find out which U.S. states and localities are being recognized for demonstrating a real commitment to energy-efficient buildings

 
BCAP’s 10 Places to Watch in 2010 Boosts Attention to Building Codes and Energy Efficiency

The Ten Places to Watch in 2010 campaign, launched by the Building Codes Assistant Project (BCAP), recognizes U.S. states and localities that demonstrate a real commitment to energy-efficient buildings.

 

Cities and states can demonstrate their commitment to energy-efficient buildings – and gain recognition from BCAP – by adopting recent versions of the International Energy Conservation Code and ASHRAE Standard 90.1, delivering compliance training, running enforcement programs, or promoting above-code innovation.

 

So far, nine of the 10 localities have been selected:

 

  1. Austin, TX
  2. Georgia
  3. Idaho
  4. Kansas
  5. Massachusetts
  6. New Hampshire
  7. New York City
  8. Rifle, CO
  9. Santa Fe, NM

 

Of the locations selected so far, Austin, New York City, and Santa Fe have very creative approaches to building code programs, BCAP reports. For example, New York City’s 200-person Green Codes Task Force advises the city on future changes to municipal codes that will shrink the city’s carbon footprint and improve public and environmental health.

 

In Austin, the Green Building Program – run by local utility Austin Energy – is one of the nation’s first and most successful such programs for commercial construction.

 

Not to be outdone, Santa Fe is in the second year of implementing its Sustainable Santa Fe Plan, which addresses greenhouse-gas inventory (which estimates the levels of greenhouse-gas emissions in the city and provides baseline data for tracking reduction efforts) and reduction, green building codes, renewable energy, water conservation, solid waste reduction, and education on sustainability.

 

As the year advances, BCAP will track these 10 locations, highlight their successes, encourage dialogue with interested outside organizations, and share their best practices and lessons learned with other places throughout the country. Learn more by visiting www.bcap-ocean.org/tenplaces.

 

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04/23/2014

A key part to curbing emissions is working with local and city officials, tenants, and other groups to help make entire communities more sustainable. BOMA International shares the following strategies for greening your facility and community.

04/21/2014

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04/16/2014

The U.S. Army plans to start development of a solar array that will provide about 25% of the annual installation electricity requirement of Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

04/15/2014

The EPA's annual greenhouse gas emissions report is now available.

04/14/2014

Are you what some would call a “climate-change denier”? If so, you'll want to read this.

04/10/2014
Los Angeles has remained the top city for ENERGY STAR certified building since 2008, while Washington, D.C. continues to hold onto second place for the fifth consecutive year, according to a new list released by the EPA.
04/09/2014
Green construction has grown massively over a short period of time.
04/07/2014
Field demonstrations of newly proven energy-efficient technologies are yielding valuable results for the U.S. Navy, helping it meet energy goals.
04/03/2014
Building owners in Chicago now have more options when it comes to getting their building energy data verified.
04/01/2014
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03/31/2014
The newly revised ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 105-2014, Standard Methods of Determining, Expressing, and Comparing Building Energy Performance and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, aims to provide a consistent method of measuring, expressing, and comparing the energy performance of buildings.
03/27/2014
Facility managers face an every expanding array of sustainability choices and challenges, but for the next generation of FMs, green practices could be second nature as sustainability literacy enters the K-12 school system.
03/25/2014
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03/24/2014
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03/21/2014
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2378 into law, effectively enacting the state’s first building code.
03/19/2014
In an attempt to improve building energy performance, the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released a web-based tool called the Technology Performance Exchange, or TPEx.
03/18/2014
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03/13/2014
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03/11/2014
Through the DOE’s Building Energy Codes Program, every dollar the DOE has spent on building energy codes over the past two decades has resulted in $400 in energy cost savings.
03/07/2014
It is possible to harvest energy from Earth's thermal infrared emission into outer space, according to new research from the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
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