Environmental Legislation

Clean energy is a hot topic in Congress, and we're looking forward to seeing what kind of environmental legislation gets passed.

South Miami a Hot Spot for Solar Installation

Tue, 2017-08-08 11:15

In mid-July 2017, city commissioners in South Miami passed a law to require solar panels on new single-family residences, townhouses, and multi-story buildings. Despite some mixed feelings in the community, the vote came as a 4-to-1 majority opinion. As a result, South Miami became the first city in the United States (outside of select California cities) to pass such legislation.

Starting September 18, new homes in South Miami, Florida will be required to have solar panels.

The ordinance affects:

Green Technology: MLS Responds to Buyer Demands

Thu, 2017-07-27 15:19

The increasing adaptation of green technology features in the MLS is a new driver for real estate listings. As growing numbers of buyers seek more eco-friendly and "healthy" homes, builders and real estate professionals must change their focus to respond to trends and satisfy buyer expectations.

Part of it is spreading the word -- up front -- that a home is energy-efficient and has a variety of included features that make it sustainable and environmentally desirable.

Nevada Gambled Away Its Solar Energy Growth

Tue, 2016-01-12 11:45

As we revealed in our Top 10 States for Solar Energy post, the success of solar energy in a given territory is largely traced back to state and local policy. Several of the top states listed were not those with the most sunshine but rather those that had laid the policy groundwork to encourage solar energy adoption.

Congress Extends Federal Energy Efficient Home Tax Credit

Thu, 2016-01-07 14:01

The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) recently announced that Congress extended the 45L federal tax credit for 2015 and 2016 as part of an omnibus tax incentive and spending bill. The 45L federal tax credit provides a $2,000 tax credit to builders for building and selling high-performance homes, such as those evaluated by certified HERS Raters and those that earn an ENERGY STAR Certification. 

Incentive to Build Energy Efficient Homes

China's Green Fence Initiative & U.S. Waste

Fri, 2013-08-16 08:46

The expansion of industrialization efforts in China is a direct result of enacted policies to promote strong regional development and facilitate international product yield. As a result of increased manufacturing, China is not only generating material waste domestically but also must contend with imported products that confound the growing pollution and environmental issues increasing in the country.

Decision on Keystone Still in the Pipeline

Mon, 2013-08-12 09:17

Last month when President Obama announced his Climate Plan, most people expected him to also announce his decision on the highly controversial Keystone XL Pipeline. The proposed pipeline is designed to connect the Canadian Alberta Tar Sands to Gulf Coast oil refineries thereby uniting U.S. energy supplies with Canada.

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Revived in Congress

Mon, 2011-08-01 12:18

capitol hillProperty Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) allows homeowners to finance energy improvements through financing by a local government that is paid back through a special assessment on their property taxes. This great program which has the potential to radically improve America’s energy usage was shut down by the Federal Housing Administration as a threat to Mortgage lenders.

More About the Better Buildings Initiative

Mon, 2011-06-13 10:23


As if staggering unemployment, rising oil prices and continued conflict in the Middle East don’t give us enough to worry about, we are also expected to worry about the carbon footprints of our homes, our lives and our commercial buildings.

Bipartisan Legislation on Energy Efficiency

Thu, 2011-05-19 11:43

Here at Everblue we are excited to keep you updated on legislation related to energy efficiency and our nation's energy security policy. Please read the recent news below regarding a bipartisan bill recently introduced in the US Senate that encourages job growth and keeping the U.S. green economy competitive. The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2011 was introduced by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio).

The residential energy efficiency provisions of the proposed legislation includes:

SunShot, This Millennium's Long Shot 'Moon Shot'

Wed, 2011-03-02 12:56

SunShot: A New Apollo Space Program For This Millennium’s Long Shot ‘Moon Shot’

In 1962 President Kennedy told the United States that they’d see a man on the moon by the end of the decade. He played to American’s sense of patriotism, hard work and competition. He reminded us that we do some things not because they are easy, but because they are hard.

The Apollo Project seemed like a long shot to most. Even a moon shot.