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Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: Recent Report Quantifies the Market for Energy Efficiency Retrofits
Posted on 23 Apr 2012 by J. Cullen Howe

By J. Cullen Howe, Environmental Law Specialist, Arnold & Porter LLP In March, The Rockefeller Foundation and DB Climate Change Advisors released a research paper entitled United States Building Energy Efficiency Retrofits: Market Sizing and... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: Global Agencies Launch Project to Promote Energy Efficient Buildings in East Africa
Posted on 6 Jun 2011 by J. Cullen Howe

By J. Cullen Howe, Environmental Law Specialist, Arnold & Porter LLP In May 2011, the Global Environment Facility, in collaboration with two United Nation agencies (the U.N. Environment Program and the U.N. Human Settlements Program), announced... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: EPA Announces First Watersense-Labeled Homes
Posted on 11 Feb 2011 by J. Cullen Howe

By J. Cullen Howe, Environmental Law Specialist, Arnold & Porter LLP In November 2010, EPA announced the first WaterSense -labeled homes in the country. According to EPA, four WaterSense labeled new homes were built by KB Home in Roseville,... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: New Study Calls into Question the Offsetting Potential of White Roofs
Posted on 29 Nov 2011 by Columbia Law - Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

By Adam Riedel U.S. Energy Secretary Dr. Steven Chu has consistently touted the benefits of white or reflective roofs and "cool pavements" (white or lightly colored pavements) in combating climate change, and has even mandated that all... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: Report Quantifies the Environmental Value of Building Reuse
Posted on 2 Apr 2012 by J. Cullen Howe

By J. Cullen Howe, Environmental Law Specialist, Arnold & Porter LLP Recently, the Preservation Green Lab of the National Trust for Historic Preservation issued a report that confirms the environmental benefit of building reuse. The report concludes... Read More

Insurers Encourage Green Building with Endorsements and Discounts
Posted on 14 Jun 2010 by InsureReinsure: The Insurance-Reinsurance Blog

Insurers and regulators are addressing Green Building issues at breakneck speed. With state regulators approving new policy endorsements and insurers offering Green Building discounts, insuring properties that are “green” is here to stay.... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: Urban Green Council Releases Report Finding That Green Codes Task Force’s Recommendations Have Reduced Greenhouse Gas Emissions And Saved Energy
Posted on 11 Apr 2012 by J. Cullen Howe

By J. Cullen Howe, Environmental Law Specialist, Arnold & Porter LLP On February 2, 2012, the Urban Green Council released a report finding that New York City is on track to meet its goal of lowering carbon emissions, energy consumption, and waste... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: Dept. of Energy and ASHRAE Sign Memorandum of Agreement to Develop Energy Efficiency Standards for Buildings
Posted on 9 Aug 2011 by J. Cullen Howe

By J. Cullen Howe, Environmental Law Specialist, Arnold & Porter LLP On July 25, 2011, the Department of Energy (DOE) and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) announced that they had signed a memorandum... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: President Directs Federal Agencies to Enter Into $2 Billion Worth of Energy Efficiency Contracts for Buildings
Posted on 29 Dec 2011 by J. Cullen Howe

By J. Cullen Howe, Environmental Law Specialist, Arnold & Porter LLP On December 2, 2011, President Barack Obama directed federal agencies to enter into at least $2 billion worth of contracts over the next two years to improve government buildings'... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: Federal District Court in Washington State Upholds State Energy Code
Posted on 18 Apr 2011 by J. Cullen Howe

By J. Cullen Howe, Environmental Law Specialist, Arnold & Porter LLP On February 7, 2011, a federal district court in Washington State held in Bldg. Indus. Ass'n of Wash. v. Wash. State Bldg. Code Council that the Washington State Building... Read More

International Green Construction Code: Jumping the Gun and Veering off Track?
Posted on 12 Jan 2012 by Pepper Hamilton Sustainability Counsel

By Vicki R. Harding, Partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP As noted in a prior post , the final International Green Construction Code (IGCC) has been approved and is scheduled for publication in March 2012. The IGCC was developed by the International Code... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: San Francisco Passes Law Requiring Building Energy Audits and Benchmarking
Posted on 18 Apr 2011 by J. Cullen Howe

By J. Cullen Howe, Environmental Law Specialist, Arnold & Porter LLP Recently, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to pass the Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance , which requires owners of commercial buildings... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: Department of Energy Requires States to Review and Possibly Update Their Building Energy Codes
Posted on 26 Jul 2011 by J. Cullen Howe

By J. Cullen Howe, Environmental Law Specialist, Arnold & Porter LLP The Department of Energy recently published two final determinations that will require states to review and possibly update their residential and commercial building energy... Read More

Columbia Law School Center for Climate Change Law: Senator Carper Introduces Bill Designed to Improve Energy Efficiency in Federal Buildings
Posted on 18 May 2011 by J. Cullen Howe

By J. Cullen Howe, Environmental Law Specialist, Arnold & Porter LLP On May 11, U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.) introduced a wide-ranging bill setting energy efficiency standards for new federal buildings and requiring federal agencies to make... Read More