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Sustainable Development Update - November 2017

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New study finds buildings with poor energy efficiency default at higher rate - Urban Land - Oct 23 A recent study has added a new value proposition for energy efficiency in commercial buildings: efficient buildings are...more

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy: 2017 State Scorecard (Including Arkansas)

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (“ACEEE”) has released the 2017 version of its “State Energy Efficiency Scorecard” (“Scorecard”). With a total of 14.5 out of a maximum available of 50 points, Arkansas...more

Sustainable Development Update - July 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Sustainable design of communities dramatically reduces waste - Scientific American - Jun 26 - In the past decade, the construction and retrofitting of individual homes to reduce...more

Sustainable Development Update - April 2017 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Renewables and efficiency are eating away at America’s fossil fuel demand - Greentech Media - Apr 10 - America's energy transition is no longer theoretical. Wind and solar are...more

Sustainable Development Update - March 2017 #4

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Sustainable Development Focus - Trump wants to cut programs that help buildings save energy. This new study says they work. Washington Post - Mar 27 New research suggests that programs for improving energy...more

Portman-Shaheen Energy Efficiency Bill Reintroduced in Senate

As the 115th Congress gets underway, Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) have reintroduced the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, better known as Portman-Shaheen. The bill is cosponsored by...more

Sustainable Development Update - January 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Why is improving the efficiency of small businesses so challenging? - Greentech Media - Dec 28 - Many voices have highlighted the expected leadership role of private-sector...more

Sustainable Development Update - October 2016

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Irvine Company an ‘Energy Champion’ - Orange County Business Journal - Sep 30 - The California Energy Efficiency Industry Council named Newport Beach-based Irvine Company...more

Sustainable Development Update - September 2016

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Hollywood office building takes the gold - Commercial Property Executive - Aug 23 - Kilroy Realty Corp. has earned two LEED Gold certifications for 469,000 square feet of the...more

Sustainable Development Update - July 2016 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Net-zero energy Brock Environmental Center in Virginia turns rainwater into drinking water - Inhabitat - Jul 14 - A new building in Virginia Beach is raising the bar for...more

Sustainable Development Update - July 2016 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Money flows into batteries for buildings, power grid - Fortune - Jul 11 - Over the past half decade, the solar market has boomed thanks to falling solar panel prices. Now the...more

Sustainable Development Update - June 30, 2016 | Newsletters

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Planned investment in energy efficiency hits all-time high - Facility Executive - Jun 23 - Interest and investment in energy efficiency are at an all-time high, according to the...more

Sustainable Development Update - June 2016 #3

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Sustainable Development Focus - A suburban experiment aims for free energy - New York Times - Jun 3 - At first glance, Anthony and Vanessa Genau’s home in a subdivision beneath the San Gabriel Mountains is like...more

Sustainable Development Update - May 2016 #3

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Energy efficiency is a must for California buildings moving forward - Los Angeles Daily News - May 14 - Energy efficient homes like those at Skylar at Playa Vista in Los...more

Sustainable Development Update - May 2016 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - 399 Fremont tower's water heated by solar power - Bisnow - May 11 - San Francisco's 399 Fremont Street, owned by UDR and MetLife, now features the world’s tallest solar water...more

German Market Toolkit

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An increasing number of leases contain individual “green” clauses or a “green” annex which are aimed at making the fit-out, management and use of the relevant building sustainable (“Green Lease”). Currently, Green Leases...more

Energy Efficient Buildings: It’s the Law (and a Good Idea Too)

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Energy efficiency and sustainable building development and management are no longer viewed as a novel but impractical concept, or something only environmentalists long for. Improving existing buildings and constructing new...more

Modest Energy Efficiency Bill Heads to Obama’s Desk

The first energy bill of the 114th Congress is heading toward the President’s desk for signature. On April 21st, the eve of Earth Day, Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) announced that their Energy...more

Don’t Overlook the Potential Value Added By Green Buildings

by Nossaman LLP on

It is increasingly important for buildings to be energy efficient. So-called “green buildings” can not only lead to more efficient energy use, but can also result in significant cost savings over time. Indeed, green...more

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

by Cozen O'Connor on

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

Green Building Newsletter: Feb 2014 -- AB 1103 Update: Nonresidential Building Energy Use Disclosure Requirements Now In Effect

After a series of delays in both implementation and enforcement, as of January 1, 2014, California Assembly Bill 1103 (“AB 1103,” codified as California Public Resources Code Section 25402.10) is now in effect and enforceable...more

Green Building Update -- September 12, 2013

by Allen Matkins on

Green Building Focus -- Green L.A. Federal Courthouse: Courthouse News - Aug 12 - After a decade of planning, officials broke ground on a $319 million, 10-story Los Angeles Federal Courthouse. The new courthouse's...more

TDEC Grant Program Encourages Green Projects For Municipalities

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The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is once again partnering with the Tennessee Stormwater Association, the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Tennessee Department of Transportation to offer grants to...more

Green Building Update -- May 8, 2013

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Green Building Focus - The ultimate green building eats smog - Bloomberg Businessweek - Apr 26: The Manuel Gea González Hospital in Mexico City has installed a decorative, white facade made from a sophisticated new...more

Green Building Update -- March 29, 2013

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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

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