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

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Fri, 2018-04-20 12:56
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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.

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Green Technology: MLS Responds to Buyer Demands

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Thu, 2017-11-09 14:32
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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.  Read more: Green Technology: MLS Responds to Buyer Demands »

Congress Extends Federal Energy Efficient Home Tax Credit

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Tue, 2017-02-07 10:10
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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  Read more: Congress Extends Federal Energy Efficient Home Tax Credit »

Congress Extends Tax Credit for Energy Efficient Homes

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Wed, 2014-09-03 10:24
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Congress Extends Federal Tax Credit for Energy Efficient Homes and Other Residential Energy Efficiency Tax Credits.

After hard work by RESNET and its strategic allies, last night Congress extended the $2,000 federal tax credit for builders who build energy efficient homes. The extension is from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2011. The extension was part of a sweeping tax package negotiated by the White House and Republican Congressional leaders.  Read more: Congress Extends Tax Credit for Energy Efficient Homes »

Top 10 Pieces of Green Building Legislation in the 111th Congress (House)

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Wed, 2014-09-03 09:40
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Here are the top ten pieces of green building legislation in the house right now.  It is unknown how many of these will become law but it is very encouraging that Congress is thinking about green building. There are big and small programs listed below and all of them can make an impact on our future quality of life. Leave a comment for which act you find the most interesting.  Next, I'll post the top ten for the Senate.

PUBLIC LAW: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act  Read more: Top 10 Pieces of Green Building Legislation in the 111th Congress (House) »