Shari Shapiro

Shari Shapiro

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In Suing Commonwealth of PA, Clean Air Council Takes A Stand For Up-To-Date Building Codes

There is a war on building codes across the United States, and Pennsylvania is ground zero. After years of regular building code updates, a law was passed in 2011 (Act 1) at the urging of the Pennsylvania Builders...more

6/29/2015 - Building Codes Construction Industry New Legislation Real Estate Development

Extreme Makeover: EPA Edition

The Home and Garden Channel (HGTV) is the top rated cable network on the weekends. At the end of every remodeling show on HGTV is the big reveal, dramatic "before and after" footage of the transformation of the kitchen or...more


Blue vs. Grey Over Green in Murray v. EPA; Cross-Border Rule Goes Ahead

As I posted earlier, in Murray, et al v. EPA , plaintiff Murray Energy Corporation seeks to enjoin EPA's Clean Power Plan rule even before it has been issued as a Final Rule. The Clean Power Plan proposes to regulate the...more

10/29/2014 - Carbon Emissions Clean Air Act Clean Power Plan Cross-Border EPA Final Rules Power Plants

DOE Issues Final Rule on Federal Green Building Standards

The Federal government has long been a leader in constructing green buildings, and LEED has been the Federal standard of choice. The Department of Energy issued a final rule updating its recommended certification standards...more

10/23/2014 - Construction Industry Construction Permits DOE General Services Administration (GSA) Green Buildings LEED Certified LEED Rules Public Property

Can Utility Energy Efficiency Programs Make "MPGs" for Homes Mainstream?

I was at a presentation by the Department of Energy on Wednesday (hosted by the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships) where they reviewed the status of their Home Energy Score program. Like the fuel economy stickers on...more

9/22/2014 - DOE Energy Efficiency Green Buildings

The Slow Grind of Justice for EPA's Carbon Emissions Regulations

It was inevitable that EPA's Clean Power Plan, regulating carbon emissions from existing power plants was going to generate law suits. Even if the suits are ultimately unsuccessful, an injunction against the Plan's adoption...more

8/5/2014 - Carbon Emissions Environmental Policies EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Power Plants

I'm Not Dead Yet: Is Coal Doomed Regardless Of Whether EPA Regulates Carbon Emissions?

I want to pass along three interesting articles I have read over the past day or so about coal's decline (or alleged decline) in the United States totally unrelated to EPA's recent proposed rule on carbon emissions from...more

7/31/2014 - Carbon Emissions Coal Coal-Fired Generation Energy EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Power Plants

Does The EPA Have A Thing Against Building Energy Codes?

What if there was a technology that had a 20 year track record of saving 4.8 quads of energy and 41 million tons of carbon, while saving consumers more than $44 billion over the past 20 years, and was anticipated to save...more

7/29/2014 - Carbon Emissions Clean Power Plan Energy Policy Energy Reform EPA Green Buildings Real Estate Development Utilities Sector

Greater Energy Efficiency Could Be An Unlikely Outcome of the Ukrainian Crisis

“Fuel switching”—changing power plants over to natural gas from coal—is one of the compliance paths for achieving the carbon emission reductions in the EPA’s proposed existing power plant carbon emissions reduction rule. ...more

7/23/2014 - Carbon Emissions Energy Policy EPA Exports Natural Gas Oil & Gas Power Plants Renewable Energy Russia Sanctions Ukraine

Philadelphia Enacts New Laws Tightening Building and Demolition Regulations

In June 2013, a Philadelphia building undergoing demolition collapsed onto a neighboring building, killing six people and injuring 14. Philadelphia’s construction and demolition regulations were closely scrutinized in the...more

3/19/2014 - Building Permits Construction Accidents Licenses OSHA Safety Inspections

Philadelphia Releases Energy Benchmarking and Disclosure Regulations for Large Commercial Buildings

On July 10, 2013, the Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I) issued draft regulations filling in the compliance requirements of Philadelphia’s mandatory energy and water disclosure ordinance (the Disclosure...more

7/23/2013 - Benchmarks Commercial Property Owners Commercial Tenants Energy Energy Efficiency Energy Policy Infrastructure Local Ordinance Water

PA Legislature Advised to Significantly Change Building Code Adoption Process, Move Away from ICC Model Codes

At the May 29, 2013 meeting of Pennsylvania’s Uniform Construction Code Review and Advisory Council (the RAC), the RAC approved recommendations to the General Assembly that, if adopted, would significantly alter the process...more

6/3/2013 - Building Codes Proposed Legislation

Senator Charles McIlhinney Plans to Introduce Bill to Reform Pennsylvania’s Building Code Adoption Process

Pennsylvania State Senator Charles McIlhinney (R-10) circulated a memo on March 20, 2013 seeking co-sponsors on a bill to amend Pennsylvania’s Construction Code Act (PCCA). McIlhinney’s proposed bill is designed to address...more

4/17/2013 - Building Codes

Mind Your Administrative P's & Q's When Rejecting Energy Code Changes

The Court of Appeals of the State of New Mexico handed down a limited win for energy code advocates, holding that adopting changes to building codes that removed energy conservation provisions without any justification...more

4/10/2013 - Administrative Procedure Act Building Codes Energy Efficiency

“Fiscal Cliff” Bill Reinstates and Extends Business and Personal Tax Credits for Energy Efficient Residential Properties

On January 1, 2013, the U.S. Congress passed last minute legislation known as the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 to avoid automatic increases in income taxes for millions of Americans, as well as draconian cuts to the...more

1/7/2013 - Energy Efficiency Energy-Efficiency Tax Credits Fiscal Cliff Tax Credits

Fiscal Cliff Bill Extends Home Energy Efficiency Tax Credits for Businesses and Homeowners

On January 1, 2013, the U.S. Congress passed last minute legislation known as the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 to avoid automatic increases in income taxes for millions of Americans, as well as draconian cuts to the...more

1/7/2013 - American Taxpayer Relief Act Business Tax Credits Energy-Efficiency Tax Credits Fiscal Cliff

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