State Initiatives

These blog posts will introduce you to the state codes and requirements pertaining to energy efficiency legislation.

Denver Voters Push for Green Roof Law

Tue, 2017-09-12 10:04

After months of raising awareness on the benefits of green roofs, a group of environmental activists are halfway to their goal of passing a local ordinance requiring green roofs on every building constructed after January 1, 2018 that has a gross floor area of 25,000 square feet or greater.

California LEED Certification at an All Time High

Thu, 2017-08-24 10:10

Green Building Flourishes via CALGreen and LEED

Hippies. Environmentalists. Trendsetters. The Rich and Famous. These are just a few words and phrases that come to mind when folks think about California.

Hollywood obviously contributes to the glamorous visions of California, and things like the California Green Building Standards Code, or CALGreen, contributes to the perception of an environmentally-friendly, forward-thinking locale.

Nevada Solar Makes a Comeback

Tue, 2017-06-27 08:58

In early 2016, we talked about a solar tariff decision in the state of Nevada that increased service charges for net-metered solar customers and lowered compensation for net excess solar generation from a retail rate to a wholesale rate. In other words, the local utilities were doing what they could to block net metering, which would then limit homeowners with solar panels from selling excess electricity to their utility at a reasonable rate.

Over 200 MA Municipalities Adopt Stretch Code

Tue, 2017-06-13 08:51

Massachusetts has long been a leader for energy efficiency. Since 2008, Massachusetts has pledged to upgrade its building code every three years to align with the most recent version of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). In other words, MA builders and contractors will be routinely required to implement new strategies and technologies that lead to better, safer, and more energy-efficient homes.

Portland Adopts Home Energy Score Policy

Tue, 2017-05-09 08:47

Last Updated: 2017-09-06 11:09

The Portland City Council unanimously voted to adopt the “home energy score policy” in 2016 with an expected effective date of January 1, 2018. This policy aligns with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Home Energy Score program and requires an on-site home energy audit from an approved Home Energy Score Assessor.

States Adopt Energy Codes On Their Terms

Tue, 2017-05-02 08:36

Those working in the residential and commercial building industries know that codes and standards are as good as gold. Building codes are put into place to provide guidance and standardization. When a state “adopts” a particular version of the building code, builders and contractors working in the state must adhere to the requirements listed therein.

Code Officials to Accept BPI Certification for Florida Blower Door Tests

Tue, 2017-04-25 11:02

Blower Door Code Compliance in Florida

When the Florida Building Code, Energy Conservation Version 5 adopted mandatory air infiltration testing (ie, blower door testing) for new construction homes and residential units, enforcement authorities sought greater clarification on who qualified as an “approved entity” to do the testing.

State Legislators Push for Clean Energy Action

Thu, 2017-04-13 08:47

Despite the recent news of President Trump un-doing climate change policies at the federal level, state legislatures across the country are making it clear where they stand on clean energy issues. According to the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE), almost 300 bills about renewable energy have been introduced this year at the state level.

Illinois Rebates for BPI Building Analysts

Thu, 2017-04-06 08:35

The Illinois Energy and Recycling Office at the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has allocated rebate funds for energy efficiency training and testing.

Rebates up to $750 are available to home performance contractors who took a BPI training course and earned a BPI Certification any time between June 1, 2016 and May 31, 2017.

Incentives for Energy-Efficient Builders in NJ

Thu, 2015-09-03 10:43

Last Updated: 2017-04-20 02:16