Resource--Department of Energy Code Map

The Department of Energy has a map which identifies the Building Code Energy Codes for each state, along with the ASHRAE energy code standard they are currently using. 

Kresge Foundation Adds Green Building Grants

The Kresge Foundation has added sustainable design planning grants from $50,000-$100,000 to its roster of resources available to non-profits.  The grants are for:

Professional services to facilitate the design planning meetings or charrettes during the pre-design period.  Planning grants are available to cover the following costs: 

  • Energy analysis and modeling

  • Water use analysis and modeling

  • Ecological site planning

  • Commissioning expenses associated with the planning process

  • Initial documentation and LEED registration with the U.S. Green Building Council

Eligible entities: 

501(c)(3) organizations that are not classified as private foundations

Government entities

Community colleges, colleges and universities that are fully accredited associate, baccalaureate and/or graduate degree-granting institutions

Elementary and secondary schools that serve predominately students with physical and/or developmental disabilities

Hospitals that are accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations

Religious organizations that are operated by or within religious institutions and serve secular needs, have space formally dedicated to their programs, and have financial and governing autonomy from the parent religious organization

Canadian organizations that would qualify as charitable organizations under United States law and have an independent audit prepared in accordance with their recognized local standards

This is a great program.  What I would like to see developed, though, is a green building policy institute--a think tank for green building policy. 

Pennsylvania Launches Energy Fund Programs

Today the Pennsylvania DEP released the guidelines and application for the Small Business Energy Efficiency Grant Program. The program provides Pennsylvania small businesses with the opportunity to receive a 25 percent reimbursement matching grant of up to $25,000 to implement qualified energy efficiency projects.  The Small Business Ombudsman’s Office will be accepting applications for Small Business Energy Efficiency grants from today until May 1, 2009, or until the funds are exhausted, whichever comes first.