California Energy Efficiency and Solar Permits on the Rise

Reported in GreenHomeBuilder Magazine, California’s energy-related permits are being tracked by the Construction Industry Research Board (CIRB), who is noticing an update in solar and efficient HVAC residential permits. An excerpt is available below: The most recent reported month of June 2015 revealed a total of 9,823 solar permits issued in California, a 14.15 percent increase…

From Outside the State: A Colorado BESO Case Study

In October 2015, the City of Boulder, Colorado adopted a new ordinance that modified existing voluntary programming to require that certain types of commercial, industrial, and City buildings conduct energy assessments, disclose building energy use, and take action if cost-effective energy upgrades were found through the assessments. Specifically, qualifying buildings will be required to do…

Energy Commission Funding Supports Efficiency, Alternative Fuel Projects

The CEC approved several grants, contracts and loans yesterday that support projects – for City of Gardena, UC Riverside, San Luis Obispo County, and San Diego Community College District – that will help the state meet its EE and GHG emission reduction goals. Modifications have also been made to the reporting process for publicly owned…

New Study: San Francisco’s Benchmarking Ordinance Requiring Commercial Buildings to Disclose Energy Data Shows Major Reduction in Energy Use and an Opportunity to Save Millions in Energy Costs

A report on the City and County of San Francisco’s Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance (ECBO) reviewed the ordinance compliance, energy use by building, and savings that could be attributed from 2010-2014. The report’s findings, which include a  (more…)

Video: South Bay Cities Green Building Challenge Kicks Off

Learn about the South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCCOG)’s Green Building Challenge, kicked off in September 2015 and underway through August 2016, below! Overview: The South Bay Cities Green Building Challenge program is designed to help businesses reduce energy, water, and waste – while improving quality of life and making our (more…)

Palo Alto’s On Demand Green Building Compliance Trainings

Palo Alto has released an On-Demand set of green building compliance trainings: learn more in the City’s September 23rd press release here and below: Launch of On-Demand Video Trainings for the Green Building and Energy Reach Code Ordinances Palo Alto’s Development Services department has launched a series of on-demand trainings videos outlining the requirements found in…

City of San Diego Honored for Energy Efficiency, Demand Response, Electric Vehicles, and Renewables

This City of San Diego press release contains a great list of programming that the City has implemented in pursuit of its energy efficiency and sustainability goals – programming that has saved the City energy, money, and led to the City being honored at SDG&E’s recent Energy Showcase Event. Activities undertaken by the City include: Installation…

Do Sustainable Building Design Certifications Provide ROI?

This article contains a report from Underwriters Labs that provides a frank evaluation of the value of sustainable building certifications.  It provides a good reality check.  To read the full article, go here: http://www.energymanagertoday.com/sustainable-building-design-certifications-provide-roi-0112599/

How Does a Roof Quality as Cool Roof?

Installation of a “cool roof” can be a great way to reflect sunlight rather than having a building absorb it, thereby reducing a building’s thermal load, saving energy, money, improving building comfort, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. To provide guidance on what it takes for a roof to be considered a cool roof, the CEC has…

Zero Net Energy New Residential Action Plan Launch Workshop, June 9, Courtyard Room CPUC (and via webex)

Energy Division staff are hosting a workshop to launch the New Residential Zero Net Energy Action Plan on June 9, 2015 (9:30 am – 5 pm), in the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Courtyard Room.  The agenda is attached, along with webex and call-in information, repeated below.  We will post the final plan to the CPUC Energy Efficiency…

Notice of Hearing for Possible Adoption of 2016 Proposed Building Energy Efficiency Standards and Negative Declaration Based on the Initial Study; Availability and Opportunity for Comment on the 15-Day Language and Additional Documents Relied Upon

The California Energy Commission will conduct a hearing during its regularly scheduled May Business Meeting to consider adopting the proposed update to the Building Energy Efficiency Standards in the California Code of Regulations, Title 24, Part 6, the Appendices1 to Part 6, and the associated administrative regulations in Part 1 (collectively also known as the…

City of Woodland’s New Housing for Agricultural Workers First Multi-Family to Receive DOE Zero Energy Ready Certification

After housing, energy costs in utility bills are often farmworkers’ biggest expense. A new 62-unit multi-family housing project in the City of Woodland has succeeded in cutting its residents’ bills – while also achieving the first multi-family Zero Energy Ready Home certification from the U.S. Department of Energy. Click here to learn more about the…
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