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Minn. Energy Efficiency Disclosure Ordinance in Force (Ind. Report)
Minneapolis
Date: 2020-01-15
The city of Minneapolis is reporting a city ordinance requiring one- and two-family homeowners to collect energy consumption and efficiency data before listing their homes for sale came into force Jan. 15, 2020.

Homeowners can comply with the ordinance by having a Truth In Sale of Housing (TISH) inspector collect the data during the mandatory pre-listing evaluation or by getting an energy audit from Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy's Home Energy Squad program.

In either case, an inspection evaluates a home's windows, heating system and attic and wall insulation and compiles the data into an "energy score" of the home's energy efficiency. The inspector will also prepare a report detailing the improvements a homeowner or homebuyer could -- but is not required to -- make, how much those improvements typically cost and how much could be saved annually by making them.

The Minneapolis Climate Action Plan calls for 75 pct of houses to undergo energy retrofits by 2025, and notes the city offers no financing for energy efficiency improvements. (Source: City of Minneapolis, Southwest Journal, Jan., 2020) Contact: www.minneapolismn.gov/ccs/ccs_tish; Home Energy Squad, www.homeenergysquad.net

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Minn. Communities Adopt Building Energy Benchmarking (Ind Report)
Energy Efficiency
Date: 2020-01-08
In the Badger State, the cities of Edina and St. Louis Park are reporting the adaptation of energy benchmarking to help landlords reduce natural gas and electricity consumption. They join more than 30 cities across the country that have benchmarking ordinances to reduce energy consumption and cut related costs.

In adopting energy benchmarking, both suburbs sought assistance from the Efficient Buildings Collaborative, a Hennepin County program that helps Minnesota municipalities develop energy benchmarking policies. Next summer, both cities will ask commercial, government and apartment owners to submit data that will eventually include properties of 25,000 square feet or larger. The suburbs will use the U.S. EPA's ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, a free online tool, and receive technical assistance from Denver-based Overlay Consulting.

According to St. Louis Park's director of Building and Energy, Brian Hoffman, benchmarking should be a significant asset in helping his city achieve its goal of cutting energy consumption by 30 pct in large commercial buildings by 2030. (Source: City of Edina, City of St. Louis Park, Finance & Commerce, 6 Jan., 2019) Contact: City of Edina, www.edinamn.gov; St. Louis Park, Brian Hoffman, Director of Building and Energy, 952.924.2584, bhoffman@stlouispark.org, www.stlouispark.org

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Philly Announces Building Energy Performance Program (Ind. Report)
Philadelphia
Date: 2019-12-13
In the city of Brotherly Love, following on its Philadelphia Building Energy Benchmarking , 2019 Report, the city of Philadelphia has enacted legislation creating a Building Energy Performance Program that will impact about 2,000 buildings .

The program requires non-residential buildings of 50,000 square feet or larger to undergo a high-energy performance inspection, submit a certification to the Office of Sustainability and conduct recommended improvements and upgrades. Non compliant building owners could face a fine of $2,000 or more.

Download the Philadelphia Building Energy Benchmarking , 2019 Report HERE. (Source: City of Philadelphia, Dec., 2019) Contact: City of Philadelphia Building Codes, www.phila.gov › codesandregulations › Pages › codes

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Canada GBC Calls for National Building Benchmarking (Ind. Report)
Canada Green Building Council
Date: 2019-10-28
In Ottawa, the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) has issued a post-election statement congratulating the re-elected Liberal government of Justin Trudeau and urging the Prime Minister to spur Canada's building industry towards a low-carbon future.

The CaGBC statement also noted that Canada's building stock contributes up to 17 pct of the country's greenhouse gas emissions and that Investing in a low-carbon workforce transition would be a key driver to help Canada's construction workforce develop, construct and manage high-performing energy efficient green buildings. The CaGBC also called for the government to Stimulate the country's retrofit economy through the Canada Infrastructure Bank and to establish national building energy benchmarking and disclosure requirements. (Source: The Canada Green Building Council, Commercial News, 28 Oct., 2019)Contact: Canada Green Building Council, Thomas Mueller, Pres. and CEO, (866) 941-1184, info@cagbc.org, www.cagbc.org

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Energy Efficiency Policies Job Creators, says ACEEE (Ind. Report)
ACEEE
Date: 2019-03-06
According to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Florida -- which ranked 4th in energy efficiency jabs in 2017 -- could gain an additional 135,000 jobs by embracing new policies including: appliance and equipment energy efficiency standards; regular energy audits; greater use of combined heat and power (CHP); and an update of building energy codes; building energy benchmarking and other energy policies.

Specifically, the ACEEE noted that the state should set stronger energy savings goals for their utilities. By setting energy savings at a mere 1 pct per year, they said that alone could give the state more than 100,000 jobs. (Source: ACEEE, Energy Insider, Mar., 2019) Contact: ACEEE, (202) 507-4000, www.aceee.org

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BRE, USGBC Partner on Built Environment Initiative (Ind. Report)
BRE, US Green Building Council
Date: 2018-11-16
UK-based BRE Group and the US Green Building Council (USGBC) are reporting their partnership aimed at making the global built environment more energy efficient and more sustainable.

The partners aim to highlight the role that buildings can play in improving environmental and to encourage buildings and the built environment globally to raise sustainability standards and deliver greater value. The partnership also aims to promote their joint and separate expertise and a new approach to building energy benchmarking and building performance solutions.

BRE offers advisory services, innovative research, sets and monitors industry standards, develops and delivers professional training courses, and provides independent, third-party certification services related to built environment issues. (Source: USGBC, BRE, Construction Index, 14 Nov., 2018) Contact: BRE, Niall Trafford, CEO, +44 (0)333 321 8811, enquiries@bregroup.com, www.bregroup.com; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org

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Pittsburgh Wins $2.5Mn in Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge (Ind. Report)
Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge
Date: 2018-10-22
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced that Pittsburgh -- the Steel City -- is a winner in the Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge -- a $70 million initiative aimed at accelerating efforts to tackle climate change and promote a sustainable future.

Pittsburgh will use the money to create and implement a building energy benchmarking policy, develop a statewide clean energy financing program, scale renewable power through community solar programs, encourage a shift in transportation energy use operation, and reduce over-all energy consumption by 50 pct.

About 100 of America's largest cities applied to the challenge, submitting bold plans to cut carbon emissions, Bloomberg said. All aimed to reduce air pollution and citywide emissions with specific projects to reform transit and buildings sectors -- two areas traditionally responsible for 80 pct of all citywide emissions. Atlanta, Los Angeles, Portland, San Diego, San Jose and Seattle were also Challenge winners. (Source: Bloomberg Philanthropies, TRIB Live, 21 Oct., 2018) Contact: Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge, www.bloomberg.org/program/environment/climatechallenge

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NYSERDA Recognizes Westport for Cutting Energy Consumption, Increasing Energy Efficiency (Ind. Report)
NYSERDA,Clean Energy Community
Date: 2018-06-11
In the Empire State, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has designated the Town of Westport as a Clean Energy Community in recognition of its leadership in reducing energy use, cutting costs and driving clean energy locally.

The $16 million Clean Energy Communities initiative provides grant funding to eligible municipalities to implement energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable development projects in their communities. To earn the Clean Energy Community designation, The Town of Westport:

  • Adopted a Benchmarking policy to track and report the energy use of the town's municipal buildings.
  • Streamlined the local approval processes for solar projects through adoption of the New York State Unified Solar Permit.
  • Completed energy code enforcement training on best practices in energy code enforcement for the town's code officer:
  • Installed an electric vehicle charging station at Westport Town Hall, and other upgrades and initiatives.

    Program funds are provided through the NY Clean Energy Fund and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). (Source: NYSERDA, Town of Westport, June, 2018) Contact: NYSERDA, www.nyserda.ny.gov/cec: Town of Westport, www.westportny.net

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Energy Efficiency,  Building Energy Benchmarking,  Clean Energy Community,  


  • Elmira Joining NY Clean Energy Communities Program (Ind. Report)
    NY Clean Energy Community
    Date: 2018-05-02
    In the Empire State, the Town of Elmira board has unanimously pass two resolutions that would see the community join the New York State Energy Research and Development (NYSERDA) Clean Energy Community program.

    Under the program, municipalities or towns can implement ten impact items to promote energy efficiency or renewable energy. Recently, the town of Elmira passed resolutions on solar energy permitting and on building energy benchmarking. The town is also considering the installation of electric vehicle charging stations and the conversion of city street lighting to LED.

    Building a more sustainable New York starts with building more sustainable communities. Local governments affect energy choices in their communities, from government operations to homes, businesses, and community institutions. Local governments in New York State can use the Clean Energy Communities program to implement clean energy actions, save energy costs, create jobs, and improve the environment. In addition to providing tools, resources, and technical assistance, the program recognizes and rewards leadership for the completion of clean energy projects, according to the program website. (Source: Town of Elmira, WENY, 1 May, 2018) Contact: NYSERDA, www.nyserda.ny.gov; Clean Energy Communities Program, www.nyserda.ny.gov/All-Programs/Programs/Clean-Energy-Communities

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Building Benchmarking,  LED,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Municipalities Join NYSERDA Clean Communities Program (Ind. Report)
    NYSERDA
    Date: 2018-04-09
    In the Empire State, the community councils of Hanover and Silver Creek are reporting participation in the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Clean Energy Communities Program . The program aims to incentivize municipalities to adopt various efficiency "impact actions." Municipalities that complete four of the 10 available impact actions will receive a $5,000 grant and be eligible for future NYSERDA grants.

    The first and major resolution passed by both Hanover and Silver Creek involves establishing building energy benchmarking using the EPA's internet-based Energy Star Portfolio Manager to track and assess the relative energy consumption and performance of community owned buildings of 1,000 square feet or larger. The aim is to identify energy consumption and cost cutting opportunities.

    Other approved resolutions include the New York State Unified Solar Permit program; energy and building code upgrades, training and enforcement; and electric vehicle charging stations. (Source: NYSERDA, Observer, 2 April, 2018) Contact: NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov; Clean Energy Communities Program, www.nyserda.ny.gov/All-Programs/Programs/Clean-Energy-Communities

    More Low-Carbon Energy News NYSERDA,  Energy Benchmarking,  Energy Efficiency,  


    Milwaukee Touts 2nd Building Energy Benchmarking Jam (Ind. Report)
    Milwaukee
    Date: 2018-03-30
    To date, the City of Milwaukee has reduced energy use intensity by 5%, saving taxpayers on energy-consumption costs. The city of Milwakee is reporting it met previously this month with business and energy industry leaders to discuss energy efficiency opportunities and technologies and how the city can take advantage of them. The meeting -- tagged the second "Benchmarking Jam" -- was part of the city's public-private partnerships and the Milwaukee Better Buildings Challenge and community engagement strategy.

    Milwaukee Better Buildings Challenge (BBC) partners have achieved particular energy-efficiency success by securing PACE financing for energy efficiency projects. The city encourages local businesses and K-12 schools to implement energy efficiency projects and to participate in the city's comprehensive energy efficiency program which aims to assist 200+ buildings, particularly Class B & C commercial buildings, small commercial buildings, and K-12 schools, in every aspect of energy efficiency projects, including assessment, financing, and implementation. To date, more than 100 non-city buildings are participating in BBC-MKE. The City of Milwaukee has committed to reduce the energy used in city buildings by 20 pct by 2022. (Source: City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Better Buildings Challenge, Energy Manager, 29 Mar., 2018) Contact: Milwaukee Better Buildings Challenge Download Better Buildings Challenge details HERE

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    Green Bldg. Investments Top $3.4Tn by 2025, says IFC (Ind. Report)
    World Bank International Finance Corp.
    Date: 2017-12-01
    A recent study by the World Bank International Finance Corp. (IFC) has found that investments in "green" or environment-friendly buildings could top a cumulative $3.4 trillion by 2025 "if countries adopt better building codes and standards, create targeted financial incentives such as green-building certification and mandatory benchmarking of energy use, encourage new utility business models; green mortgages and energy-service companies.

    In 2010, buildings accounted for 36 pct of the country's total annual power consumption and emitted 33.28 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. In seven years, rapid urban migration is expected to increase the number of new buildings by 20 pct annually.

    Since 2005, the IFC has invested $18.3 billion in long-term funding for climate-smart projects and mobilized an additional $11 billion from other investors. (Source: World Bank, International Finance Corp., ProudGreenBuilding, 29 Nov., 2017) Contact: World Bank IFC, www.ifc.org

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    MACH Energy Finds Strong Support for ENERGY STAR (Ind. Report)
    MACH Energy, ENERGY STAR
    Date: 2017-11-17
    Oakland, California-headquartered energy and water management software and services specialist MACH Energy has published the results of its research paper ENERGY STAR: An Analysis Of Economic Benefits To The Built Environment on the role of the EPA's ENERGY STAR program in building management and commercial real estate. MACH found strong support for ENERGY STAR, with industry groups and leaders making unequivocal statements touting its benefits, and the detrimental effects on entire industries and workers should the program be eliminated.

    MACH's survey of building professionals including property managers, asset managers, engineers and others found: 78 pct would be concerned if ENERGY STAR funding was reduced/removed; 75 pct are not familiar with building energy benchmarking tools aside from ENERGY STAR; 64 pct reported Portfolio Manager usage; 61 pct are required to benchmark their facility/portfolio's energy consumption.

    In the US, buildings account for 40 pct of total energy consumption. With increased sensitivity to energy costs as well as adoptions of building energy benchmarking regulations, ENERGY STAR is a more important tool than ever to help improve energy efficiency. ENERGY STAR certified products and buildings helped Americans save $34 billion in energy costs in 2015 alone, according to the EPA. MACH counts hundreds of commercial, REIT, hotel, and corporate building owners as customers, encompassing hundreds of millions of square feet. (Source: MACH Energy, 15 Nov., 2017) Contact: MACH Energy, Jon Moeller, CEO, www.machenergy.com; ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov

    More Low-Carbon Energy News MACH Energy,  ENERGY STAR,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Benchmarking,  


    Energy Efficiency Investments Rising, says Johnson Controls (Ind. Report)
    Johnson Controls
    Date: 2017-10-13
    According to Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency Indicator (EEI) 2017 survey of more than 1,500 facility and management executives in the U.S., Canada, and 10 other countries, global interest and investment in energy efficiency is on the rise, with 70 pct of organizations surveyed paying more attention to energy efficiency than a year ago.

    Consistent with previous year's studies, investments in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment were the most popular energy efficiency- related improvement made last year. Investments in "smart" buildings, energy management, energy efficient lighting (LED), energy storage and energy security were also on the rise among survey respondents. Building energy benchmarking and certification, along with government policy were found to be the key drivers for energy efficiency upgrades and investments. (Source: Johnson Controls, Facility Exec, Oct., 2017) Contact: Johnson Controls, Bill Jackson, Pres, Building Efficiency, www.johnsoncontrols.com

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    Edmonton Launches Building Energy Benchmarking Pilot (Ind. Report)
    City of Edmonton
    Date: 2017-06-07
    On the Canadian prairies, the city of Edmonton, Alberta reports it has kicked-off a voluntary Large Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure energy benchmarking program. The three-year pilot will track the energy efficiency of 300 buildings larger than 20,000 square feet. There are an estimated 4,500 buildings of this size in Edmonton.

    In exchange for providing the program with building information, owners will be offered financial and non-financial incentives such as tenant information workshops, awards recognition and a rebate of up to $1,500 for each building that undergoes commercial energy audits. They will also be advised of Energy Efficiency Alberta programs for which they may qualify. The city will use the information gathered to set future benchmarks for building owners and develop strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The city has committed 20 of its own building to the program, including City Hall. (Source: City of Edmonton, Edmonton Journal, 5 June, 2017) Contact: City of Edmonton, Lisa Dockman, Snr. Environmental Project Manager, (780) 442-5311, www.edmonton.ca

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