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Green Building

EXISTING BUILDING ENERGY EFFICIENCY

March 27, 2015

Concurrently with the new Title 24 Part 6 regulations, the California Energy Commission has released a long-awaited report outlining the agencies action plan to bring energy efficiency to the existing building stock. The Governor recently cited the need to significantly increase energy efficiency in existing buildings as one of three energy-related More »

MANDATORY COMMERCIAL RECYCLING MEETING

July 8, 2011

As the state moves forward implementing mandatory statewide commercial recycling regulations, the responsible regulatory agency, CalRecycle, is conducting a workshop to seek stakeholder input. As part of the state’s regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the landmark AB 32, the proposed mandatory commercial recycling rules attempt to reduce greenhouse More »

GREEN LOGISTICS CENTERS

May 13, 2011

Here is an interesting article about the application of third party green certification systems in an industrial setting. “The importance of sustainability in developing and operating distribution centers and plants has become a popular logistics topic.” But how well does the program guide the unique needs of an industrial building? Click here More »

EXISTING BUILDING ENERGY REGS UNDERWAY

May 6, 2011

Signed into law in 2008, AB 758 (Skinner; D-Berkeley) requires the Energy Commission to develop and implement a comprehensive program to seek greater energy savings in California’s existing residential and commercial building stock. In response, the CEC will be kicking off regulatory proceedings on May 9th to establish this program. The commercial More »

LOCAL GOVERNMENTS WEIGHING GREEN OPTIONS

Over the past five years there has been an aggressive push in California at the local and state level to dramatically increase the sustainability of our already strict building codes. That effort culminated in the groundbreaking passage of the nation’s first statewide “Green” building code, referred to as “CALGreen.” Unlike in the past, More »

CALGREEN NOW MANDATORY – TRAINING AVAILABLE

April 29, 2011

CALGreen, the nation’s first statewide green building code, is now mandatory for all new construction. Training on this new code is now more important than ever. Green Technology’s CALGreen training, developed in partnership with the California Building Standards Commission and the Department of Housing and Community Development, has proven More »

ENERGY COMMISSION WORKSHOP ON NON-RESIDENTIAL ENERGY REGS

The CEC has an upcoming workshop scheduled on May 5. Please let us know if you have issues of interest at this proceeding. If you want to participate directly follow the link for more information: May 5 Workshop on draft revisions for Nonresidential Building for possible inclusion in the 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards. Industry MUST provide More »

ENERGY COMMISSION TIMETABLE FOR MAJOR REGULATORY UPDATE

Given discussions at California Energy Commission (CEC) hearings and workshops over the past five months, the CEC is about to kick-off the biggest update of its standards in the 35-year history of that commission. Even though comparisons show the California Energy Efficiency Standards as being 50% more stringent than similar standards used at the national More »

PROPOSED CODE CHANGES RELEASED FOR REVIEW AND COMMENT

The Building Standards Commission (BSC), Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) and the Office of the State Fire Marshal (SFM) have released “45-Day Language” code-change proposals. Key proposals include: BSC’s update of the Green Building Standards for commercial buildings (including proposed requirements for alterations and More »

EXISTING BUILDING ENERGY REGS UNDERWAY

Signed into law in 2008, AB 758 (Skinner; D-Berkeley) requires the Energy Commission to develop and implement a comprehensive program to seek greater energy savings in California’s existing residential and commercial building stock. In response, the CEC will be kicking off regulatory proceedings on May 9th to establish this program. The commercial More »

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