State Initiatives

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

New Energy Code in Massachusetts

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Fri, 2015-04-17 10:27
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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.

Nevada Now Requires BPI Certification

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Fri, 2018-04-20 10:11
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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.  Read more: Nevada Now Requires BPI Certification »

CalGreen vs. LEED: California's Response to the Challenges of its Green Building Code

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Mon, 2012-10-29 14:03
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Fri, 2010-04-16 07:31
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Last post I discussed California’s new CalGreen building code standard and how that might interact with LEED, Build It Green and other green building standards.  Since the USGBC, among others, has been critical of the CalGreen approach, the California governor’s office has fired back with criticisms of its own.  Here I’ll lay out their four main points supporting CalGreen:

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