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Boston council tightens energy guidelines

he Boston City Council on Thursday approved stricter energy efficiency regulations for new buildings in the city, which could lead to an energy savings of 20 percent beyond current state requirements. The so-called “stretch code” rules were adopted unanimously by the council, and will take effect next July. The code requires new residential and commercial buildings to achieve approximately 20 percent better efficiency than is required by the state’s base energy code. The stretch code doesn’t mandate specific efficiency measures, but allows developers the flexibility to choose “cost effective and appropriate green design solutions,” the office of Mayor Thomas Menino said in an announcement of the vote. The new code will keep Boston “at the forefront of innovation in high performance green buildings, while helping save property owners and tenants on utility bills, reducing our carbon footprint and growing the local clean tech economy,” Menino said in the announcement. Menino ... Read More

Biden rolls out home energy efficiency program

WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday unveiled a new federal program to make it easier for Americans to make their homes more energy efficient, saying it will help people save money and create new jobs for contractors. The three-step program, called Recovery Through Retrofit, will offer new software for contractors to easily show people how much they can save, offer low-cost financing to help people pay for home improvements and set new guidelines for contractors to assure the public the work is done right. Biden, who announced the plan at the White House, said that it will give families "the tools they need to invest in home energy upgrades. Together, these programs will grow the home retrofit industry and help middle-class families save money and energy." The Obama administration didn't immediately release estimates of either the costs of the program or how many jobs it could create. The ... Read More

Dan Holohan's new seminar

Dan Holohan will present his new seminar, The World of Green Heating, on Saturday afternoon, January 15, 2011 in Sprinfield, PA, as a charity event to benefit Oil Heat Cares. The full details are HERE. There's room for 60 people. Read More

Beware of smart keys

BROOKLYN (CN) - Toyota's "Smart Key" technology, which allows cars to be started and run without inserting an ignition key, allowed a woman to die of carbon monoxide poisoning and crippled her roommate with permanent disabling injuries, the injured woman claims in Federal Court.      Mary Rivera claims Toyota's Smart Key allowed her to accidentally leave her Lexus running in the garage underneath her Queens home. Rivera says she "either inadvertently forgot to shut down the engine of the subject vehicle, or pushed the start button in an effort to do so but was unsuccessful."     Rivera adds: "After exiting the vehicle, plaintiff Mary Rivera did not realize that the subject vehicle was running when she entered her home with the Smart key fob. Toyota specifically touts the facts that the subject model vehicle's engine is both quiet and smooth and, as a result, plaintiff Mary Rivera could not hear the idling engine ... Read More

Massachusetts Invests $2.5 Million To Replace Public Housing Heating Systems

Governor Deval Patrick has announced that the state will target $2,513,973 in federal weatherization recovery funds to replace old, inefficient heating systems with new state-of-the-art units for public housing authorities. Targeted housing authorities are in Chicopee, Hopkinton, Leominster, Lunenburg, Mansfield, Middleboro, Provincetown, Randolph, Reading, Spencer, Wakefield, Whitman, Winchendon, Winchester and Woburn. Those heating system upgrade projects will generate jobs, and foster lower energy costs for public housing tenants while improving their living environment through the delivery of smart, clean, energy-efficient warmth. (more) Read More

Historic Gains in Energy Efficiency for New Homes and Commercial Buildings

Please click HERE for the press release. Read More

High-Temperature Hot Water Explosion at University of Utah

An explosion of a high-temperature water pipe injured 12 workers at a construction site by the HPER Mall. Salt Lake City Fire Department received a report of an explosion around 11 a.m., said Chief Michael Harp.There had apparently been a failure in a water pipe near the HPER Mall. The construction company had already started venting the vault of hot water, and a billow of white steam could be seen from miles away coming from the middle of campus.The area was quickly blocked off to students and faculty by firefighters. Remi Barron, spokesman for the U, said that 12 workers were injured, but only seven were taken to the U Hospital. (more)Follow-up story Read More

Rhode Island Becomes First State To Adopt Green Construction Code

The State of Rhode Island was recognized today at a State House ceremony for becoming the first state in the nation to adopt the International Green Construction Code (IGCC). Representatives of the International Code Council honored the distinction by presenting an award to Governor Donald Carcieri, Department of Administration director Rosemary Booth-Gallogly, and Commissioner of the State Building Code Commission John Leyden, for the state’s “commitment to a safe and sustainable future, and paving the way for other states to adopt greener building practices for public buildings.” The Rhode Island Green Buildings Act, which was signed into law by Governor Carcieri in 2009 and applied to all buildings going into the design phase after January 1, 2010, has identified the International Green Construction Code as an equivalent standard that is in compliance with the requirement that all public major facility projects be designed and constructed as green buildings. (more) Read More

Empire State Building’s Greener Window Retrofits Complete

6,514 windows of the Empire State Building were refurbished using a ground-breaking process in which 96% of the existing frames and glass were reused. The refurbishment alone will cut annual energy costs by more than $400,000. The landmark made an announcement on Wednesday about completing a building-wide window refurbishment. This initiative is part of the innovative energy retrofit project announced in April 2009 with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and President Bill Clinton, along with seven other measures implemented at the building.  (more) Read More

National Grid Renews Residential Natural Gas Energy Efficiency Program for Upstate New York Customers

ALBANY, NY (10/05/2010)(readMedia)-- National Grid is helping customers reduce their environmental impact and their energy bills with the renewal of its residential natural gas energy efficiency program that provides rebates for energy saving equipment in the home. Due to the overwhelming response to this program last year, National Grid exhausted its funding for the initiative last spring, but has received additional funding to renew the program. "As a result of last year's response to this program, we have established a rebate reservation list this year," said Lisa Tallet, manager of residential energy efficiency programs for New York State. "Our web site will update so customers can see how much funding is available in the program when they apply." All customers must reserve incentive funding by completing the online rebate reservation. "National Grid is committed to providing its customers efficiency programs that can reduce energy usage and energy costs," Tallet said. ... Read More
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