Green Building Law Blog--Back Pain Edition

You may have noticed that my posts were thin on the ground last week. I was suffering from terrible back pain, and so I had to take a bit of a hiatus.  Fortunately, many of my colleagues posted useful information on the relevant happenings of the week.  Here are some notable ones and my take:

  • Rich Cartlidge and Chris Cheatham wrote about LEED incorporating ongoing energy reporting in LEEDv3. I believe that this will lead to long term uncertainty--for example, if the LEED building fails to realize energy efficiency which will lead to litigation.  As I said here, one of the reasons that we may not have seen litigation thus far is that building owners are too afraid to measure their energy efficiency.  Now, they won't have a choice.
  • Cleantech had a report on Climate Change and the Midwest. This matters because the agricultural middle has been causing all kinds of havoc with trying to pass climate change legislation.
  • reports that ASHRAE Standard 189 is close to complete. I wonder whether this standard will be good enough to meet the advanced energy efficiency targets proposed by Waxman-Markey.

Thanks for your patience, we should be back on track now.  Look out this week for a post on form based energy efficiency codes for implementing Waxman-Markey!

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ruthdabu - July 12, 2009 11:40 PM

Energy efficiency merely depends on you and your household; you know how much electricity should be consumed so you can cut down by turning of some appliances that are not that important.

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