The foxes are writing building codes for henhouses

Lloyd Alterlloydalter October 28, 2019 A secret deal lets the homebuilders dominate the committees that write the building codes for housing. Building Codes have been around since the time of Hammurabi and Deuteronomy, and have always been contentious, but became particularly so when they moved from being just about not killing people, about safety standards, to having other goals, like …

Boston zero net new buildings requirement applies only to new city construction

Boston updated its Climate Action Plan this week to require all new city buildings have a carbon neutral design, and Chicago recently launched an Energy Rating System to rate and display the energy efficiency of large buildings. Boston to require carbon neutral design for new city buildings Jason Plautz@Jason_Plautz Oct. 9, 2019, Smart Cities Dive Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has updated the city’s Climate Action …

Transitioning buildings

Buildings use more than 70% of the electrical power generated and are responsible for about 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions This summer, Chicago launched its Energy Rating System that rates large buildings’ energy efficiency and requires the scores to be posted publicly on placards. Earlier this year it committed to using 100% renewable energy by 2035. More than 100 other U.S. communities have committed to …

Ways to meet climate goals: the short list of climate actions that will work

September 29th, 2019 by Michael Barnard, Clean Technica   cleantechnica.com/2019/09/29/the-short-list-of-climate-actions-that-will-work/ I spend a lot of time critiquing solutions for low-carbon transformation, and that leads, inevitably, to people asking me: what works? What should we be doing? Most recently, that came in the form of a question on Quora that was well enough formed to trigger me to write down the solution set: “What exactly …

Getting to 100% in Cities

by John Farrell, ILSR, 2018. Updated presentation. Resolutions Go for 100%: Over 70 U.S. cities have set goals to get all of their electricity from renewable sources within 15-20 years, offering lower costs and more local energy production. Listen to podcasts with the pioneers––http://bit.ly/VoicesOf100 Commit to developing local renewable energy: In Taos, N.M., and Minneapolis, Minn., city officials have set …

Seattle City Council to consider ban on natural gas for new homes, buildings

Sep. 5, 2019, Seattle Times  By Daniel Beekman Seattle Times staff reporter The Seattle City Council will consider a ban on natural gas for newly constructed homes and buildings, favoring the use of electricity for heating and cooking. Councilmember Mike O’Brien plans to introduce legislation this week that would prohibit natural-gas piping systems in new structures, starting next summer. The ban would take effect …

Why Building Owners Should Care About Increasing EV Adoption

Also: Seattle City Light: Transportation Electrification Strategy Report 2019  |  By Lynn Daniels and Brendan O’Donnell DOWNLOAD Shares Rocky Mountain Institute worked with Seattle City Light to develop the first comprehensive transportation electrification strategy for a municipal utility, looking across all market segments—personally owned vehicles, trucks, buses, and shared mobility. The market and policy landscape for transportation electrification is changing rapidly. Private developers …

Governor Signs SB 1477: Delivers Clean Homes to Californians

NRDC, 3 Sept 2019 Merrian Borgeson Pierre Delforge Governor Jerry Brown today signed a law that will help deliver the next generation of clean and affordable homes. Senate Bill 1477 will deploy $50 million annually to empower Californians to reduce energy costs, improve air quality, and cut climate pollution. SB 1477, by Senator Henry Stern (D-Canoga Park), was supported by …

The air conditioning trap

Excerpt from The Guardian, Aug 29, 2019 by Stephen Buranyi air conditioners are almost uniquely power-hungry appliances: a small unit cooling a single room, on average, consumes more power than running four fridges, while a central unit cooling an average house uses more power than 15. “Last year in Beijing, during a heatwave, 50% of the power capacity was going …

Chicago implements energy rating system for buildings + affordable, ZNE Habitat homes in Colorado

Katie Pyzyk, Smart Cities Dive, Aug. 26, 2019 Chicago launched its Energy Rating System to rate and make public the energy efficiency of large buildings (50,000 square feet or larger), including about 3,400 buildings across the city.  The buildings will be provided with placards illustrating their energy performance on a zero to four-star scale, which they are required to display on-site and report …