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New California Energy Use Disclosure Program for Commercial and Multifamily Buildings Approved

Current Disclosure Requirements for Building Owners and Tenants Repealed - A complicated energy reporting requirement for owners and tenants of commercial and multifamily buildings is ending under a new law that takes...more

Governor Brown Signs Legislation Changing Commercial Building Owner Obligations on Energy Usage Disclosure

On October 8, 2015, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 802, which among other actions repeals the existing nonresidential building energy usage disclosure requirements. The prior law, AB 1103, codified in the...more

California Mandatory Nonresidential Building Energy Use Disclosures Revisited

The goal of the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in California by 2020 to the emission levels of 1990. At the time of enactment California was the second largest greenhouse...more

Green Certification: obtaining green certification for existing buildings in VA

On June 19, 2014, the U.S. Energy Information Administration released its preliminary results for the 2012 Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS). According to the CBECS, the United States currently has 87...more

California District Court Refuses To Certify 33-Jurisdiction Class Due To Material Variations in State Warranty Law

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California certified a California-only subclass of purchasers of allegedly mislabeled KitchenAid refrigerators but denied plaintiffs’ motion to certify a 32-state and...more

California Energy Commission Provides Guidance For New Nonresidential Building Energy Use Disclosure Program

The California Energy Commission (CEC) recently issued updated regulations for its new Nonresidential Building Energy Use Disclosure Program. The updated regulations provide practical guidance to building owners for...more

ML Strategies Weekly Energy and Environment Update – December 13, 2013

When the President outlined his Climate Action Plan on June 25, he stressed the importance of federal leadership on emissions reduction efforts. A little over five months later, he signed a presidential memorandum directing...more

Delayed AB 1103 Energy Benchmarking and Disclosure Requirements Set To Go Into Effect In January 2014

Following significant delays, the California Nonresidential Building Energy Use Disclosure Program is now slated to go into effect on January 1, 2014 for buildings over 10,000 square feet. An owner of a building subject to...more

Are You Ready for Philadelphia's October 31, 2013 Building Benchmarking Deadline?

In 2012, the City of Philadelphia enacted Section 9-3402 of the Philadelphia Code. The new section requires annual reporting of energy usage, water usage, and other attributes for all buildings in the City with more than...more

Now in Effect! New Energy Use Disclosures for Nonresidential Buildings (California Public Resources Code Section 25402.10) -...

UPDATE: Pursuant to a Notice of Postponement of Enforcement issued by the California Energy Commission, which is responsible for enforcement of AB 1103, the initial compliance deadline has been moved from July 1, 2013 to...more

California Updates Energy Use Disclosure Requirements

After a short delay in implementation by the California Energy Commission, California’s new energy use disclosure requirements will commence on July 1, 2013, for all non-residential buildings with a total gross floor area...more

EU Environment Report - March 2013

In This Issue: *Chemicals: - European Chemicals Agency consults on ten new substances for REACH candidate list - European Food Safety Authority publishes its 2013 work plan - European Food Safety...more

Green Building Update -- March 29, 2013

In This Issue: Green Building Focus - Father of LEED offers insight into rating system; AltBuild Expo coming to Santa Monica; Los Angeles to promote adoption of "cool roof" technology; PA bundles residential energy...more

Green Building Update -- March 14, 2013

In This Issue: Green Building Focus - 30 years of energy saving through CA's building codes; Demand for green building materials to reach $86B by 2017; Congressional panel on economic benefits of green building; Hines...more

Smart Contracting For Green Design And Construction

Originally published in Green Building News, February 20, 2013. Successful green building requires more planning and, preferably, a greater degree of integration in overall project delivery, than building without green...more

Energy Use Disclosure Requirements Go Into Effect for Owners of Nonresidential California Buildings

More than five years following the enactment of the governing legislation, the first phase of the Energy Use Disclosure Requirements will commence July 1, 2013. Assembly Bills 1103 and 531 require owners of nonresidential...more

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