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2603, 2017

FITWEL may be the Future of Building Sustainability

March 26th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

If LEED is going the way of the floppy disk, as is increasingly the consensus opinion, thought leaders in the environmental industrial complex commend that FITWEL may be the future of building sustainability.

1903, 2017

The Opportunity for ENERGY STAR

March 19th, 2017|Tags: , , , , , |

While much of the media hyperbole has focused on the Trump Administration’s 2018 Budget request of $5.7 Billion for the Environmental Protection Agency, a reduction of $2.6 billion, or 31%, from the 2017 level of [...]

1203, 2017

The First BREEAM USA Certification

March 12th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

The Oaks, a 1.3 million square foot shopping mall located in Thousand Oaks, California, owned by Macerich is the first project achieve certification under the new BREEAM In-Use program for existing buildings. Macerich, a leading [...]

503, 2017

Apply to be a Member of the ASHRAE Committee for Standard 189.1

March 5th, 2017|Tags: , , , , |

This may not be civilization warping, but for those who think the importance of a republished ASHRAE 189.1 is overstated, appreciate that as a result of the unprecedented announcement by the ICC, the AIA, IES, and USGBC in 2014 that 189.1 revisions would be collaboratively developed and be the basis of the IgCC and LEED.

2602, 2017

Deadline to Propose Changes to National Green Building Standard

February 26th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

Participating in this development process is hugely significant because as of this date there are 98,120 NGBS Green Certified Homes! The NGBS is the fastest growing residential green building standard and is the preferred green standard by many in the residential real estate sector.

1902, 2017

Is there Lead in the Water of your Green Building?

February 19th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

The subject of lead leaching from pipes and faucets into drinking water within buildings is not new. But the broad growth of green buildings, including green schools, that include water conservation strategies has the potential [...]

1202, 2017

Legislature Overrides Veto of Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard Increase

February 12th, 2017|Tags: , , , |

On February 2, 2017, the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates voted to override the veto of an increase the State’s Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard, as enacted in the 2016 Maryland General Assembly session. Last [...]

502, 2017

Defamation Case over Global Warming Claim set for Trial

February 5th, 2017|Tags: , , |

Given that a jury will have to find that Steyn and Simberg acted with "actual malice" or a "reckless disregard" of the truth or falsity of the claims at issue, most believe Dr. Mann, who is among that coterie who refer to people as “climate change deniers” (analogizing those who disagree with him to Nazi Holocaust deniers), .. such that this lawsuit strikes many as the pot calling the kettle Black, is very unlikely to prevail on the merits.