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Seattle Energy Code — Part Two

Posted in Energy Conservation, Green Building, Renewable Energy

Point/Counterpoint on Requiring Upgrades When  Buildings Undergo Major Renovation In an earlier post (Part One) I described the broad outlines of the new City of Seattle Energy Code that is under development.  The new Seattle Energy Code seeks to go significantly beyond the newly approved 2012 Washington State Energy Code  – which itself is light… Continue Reading

The Seattle 2012 Energy Code – Part 1

Posted in Energy Conservation, Green Building, Renewable Energy

Grinding Out the Ground Game of Energy Efficiency Back in October of 2011 the Seattle City Council passed a resolution “committing” the City to become a zero-net greenhouse gas emitter by 2050.  Although individuals, cities, and governments or organizations in general seldom achieve lofty goals without first setting lofty goals, we all know that lofty… Continue Reading

The City of Seattle is a Microcosm of Why You Should and Why You May Not Build a LEED Building

Posted in Energy Conservation, Green Building, LEED, Legislation

In 2000 the City of Seattle became the first city in the country to require that all city buildings over 5,000 square feet achieve LEED silver rating. The City’s goal in doing that was to spur development of LEED buildings by demonstrating their value and increasing the familiarity of the local design professions and contractors… Continue Reading

Oberlin, Ohio Joins the Ground Game of Carbon Neutrality

Posted in Alternative Fuels, Green Building, Renewable Energy, Sustainable Business

I was asked last week to refer someone to a consultant who could help them evaluate a business selling carbon credits and renewable energy credits. While I could suggest a consultant to do that, I had to note that selling carbon credits just isn’t the same business as it would have been if the United… Continue Reading

What’s the Proper Accounting for Forest Off-Sets?

Posted in Green Building, Natural Resources and Environment, Sustainable Business

The American Forest Resource Council (AFRC) held its annual meeting two weeks ago, and as part of that meeting hosted the most heated debate on the proper accounting for carbon sequestration by forests, and the potential credit that forests in the United States may be entitled to that I have heard.  On one side, Mark… Continue Reading

Kerry-Boxer Climate Change Bill Includes Forest and Ag Provisions that May Reward Existing Carbon Sequestration

Posted in Green Building, Legislation, Natural Resources and Environment

No one should hold their breath, but climate change legislation is beginning to move in the U.S. Senate. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a comprehensive climate change bill last July, but it has been “resting” in the Senate, while the Senate grapples with health care reform. President Obama’s hope for a bill to be… Continue Reading

Illuminating Ideas: New Energy-Efficient Light Sources and the (Premature?) Death of the Incandescent Light Bulb

Posted in Green Building, Intellectual Property, Legislation, Renewable Energy, Technology

  Thomas Edison is credited with inventing the practical incandescent light bulb. The incandescent bulb that most of use today to light our homes hasn’t had many technology upgrades from Edison’s day. In its most basic form, an incandescent light bulb is a (carbon) filament, encased in glass, where the filament heated with an electric… Continue Reading

2009 Legislature Tackles Energy Efficiency in Buildings

Posted in Green Building, Legislation

The Department of Ecology’s Climate Action Plan (January 2009) projects that energy efficiency and green building strategies applied to buildings could result in a reduction of 5.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions (MMtCO2e) by 2020. SB 5854, adopted by the 2009 Legislature and signed by Governor Gregoire, attempts to set the state on… Continue Reading