State Initiatives

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

New Florida Building Code Takes Effect June 30

Wed, 2015-06-24 09:42

UPDATE (8/6/15): Due to the FL Speaker of the House's abrupt decision to adjourn for the remainder of the session, the proposed building code is now set to go into effect June 29, 2016.

The International Code Council and the Florida Building Commission announced significant changes to the Florida Building Building Codes that will result in safer, sustainable buildings and homes. The updated Florida Building Codes are mandatory for all new construction or rehabilitation projects with a permit application date of June 30, 2015 or later.

Energy Codes in Action

Thu, 2015-03-19 14:13

We’re 5 days away from the National Energy Codes Conference hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). This is the first national conference dedicated solely to energy codes since 2011. The conference will focus on the development, adoption, and compliance of state energy codes. As you may know, the United States does not have a national energy code or standard, so energy codes are adopted at the state and local levels of government.

New Energy Code in Massachusetts

Tue, 2014-10-07 09:45

In July 2013, the State Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) voted to adopt the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (2012 IECC) and ASHRAE 90.1-2010 with MA amendments as the new baseline energy code. The BBRS allowed for the new regulations to run concurrently with the current energy regulations until July 1, 2014. During that time, either set of energy regulations could be used when applying for a building permit. Now, the new regulations must be used when applying for a building permit.

Sustainability: Making Healthy and Sensible Choices

Thu, 2014-09-04 11:38

Last night, we were honored to host the September monthly mixer for Sustain Charlotte at our green training facility in Charlotte, NC. Everblue has been a member of the Sustain Charlotte organization for some time, but this was the first time that we hosted the monthly networking event at our facility. We had a great turn-out and could not have asked for a better night.

Nevada Now Requires BPI Certification

Wed, 2011-11-30 11:25

Last Updated: 2017-05-12 11:03

The Real Estate Division of the Department of Business and Industry recently announced that individuals in the state of Nevada must achieve education and experience requirements prior to performing a home energy audit. The organization clearly lists approved programs, including BPI Certification, RESNET HERS Rater Certification, and Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) Certification.

Follow Up - New York's Energy Shortage Post

Fri, 2011-07-08 12:56

As a follow up to our prior post about the Energy challenges that New York will face if they close the Indian Point Nuclear Reactor, I would like to post some ideas on how they can replace Indian Point with Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

New York's Energy Shortage = More Green Jobs

Thu, 2011-07-07 18:48

New York City's Mayor Bloomberg announced today that he is opposed to closing the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant for 4-5 years. Indian Point is a very old nuclear power plant that sits just 35 miles from New York City on an active earthquake fault line. If there were a nuclear accident it would be nearly impossible to evacuate the surrounding population. Given the risks that this nuclear power plant represents to the surrounding population, New York's governor Andrew Cuomo is hell bent on closing the plant when its license expires in two years.

CA seeks to outshine other Solar states

Wed, 2011-04-13 11:00

California seeks to reclaim the top spot as a sustainable and energy efficient state.

A recent LA Times blog article highlights the exciting new law signed yesterday by Gov. that mandates %33 of electricity in California must be generated from renewable sources by 2020.

Highlights from the article

Executives at solar, wind and other clean energy companies said the new regulations could help California reclaim its green leadership position after losing ground to states such as Texas and Iowa.

Recently Laid-off in the Boston Area?

Fri, 2011-01-28 17:28

Update: The following opportunity is no longer available. Please contact us at 800-460-2575 for more information on assistance programs in your area.

The state of Massachusetts has received special funding to assist people laid-off over the last two years. Boston area individuals who have been laid off from the following list of companies may be eligible for free training!

Layoff date for the following companies must be on or after December 1, 2008 - June 30, 2010.

Utility Savings in North Carolina

Wed, 2010-12-29 13:09

The North Carolina Department of Commerce reports large savings throughout 2010 thanks to a successful utility savings program.