Monthly Archives: December 2009

Strongest U.S. Green Building Laws Pass in NYC

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Jean Savitsky
Project and Development Services Lead
Energy and Sustainability Services
United States

As New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg packed his bags for Copenhagen, the City Council gave him a bon voyage gift: a vote to approve his PlaNYC building efficiency legislation. Four separate bills passed with overwhelming support, two of them unanimously. The New York Times and other media noted

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Cop15 and the Role of NAMAs

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Tom Ansell
Valuation Advisory
United Kingdom

On Friday in a pavilion on the fringe of the main Cop15 Summit, surprisingly few turned up for the Construction Counts for Climate side event (webcasts and presentations). The small audience did not set the tone for a huge number of column inches about the impact of real estate on climate change in the

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A Common Carbon Metric for Buildings

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Achsah Carter
Consultant
Energy and Sustainability Services
United Kingdom

On Friday the UK Green Building Council’s chief executive, Paul King, was in Copenhagen presenting a new Common Carbon Metric report. The metric is the result of collaboration between worldwide Green Building Councils, experts and organisations, and aims to improve consistency in measuring energy use and reporting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from building

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EPA Move Makes Energy Bill No Less Important

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Dan Probst
Global Lead
United States
Energy and Sustainability Services

When the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently said greenhouse gases endanger public health and welfare, it seemed to some Americans like a statement out of the clear blue sky. It wasn’t.

The “GHG endangerment” finding started in April 2007 when the U.S. Supreme Court said the EPA’s

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Developing countries, no longer small and quiet

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Achsah Carter
Consultant
Energy and Sustainability Services
United Kingdom

Who would have thought the smallest countries could influence the Copenhagen conference so much? The Alliance of Small-Island States (AOSIS) whose members fear their existence is threatened by rising sea levels, rarely has a chance for its voice to be heard in international discussions, but it has certainly been making plenty of noise

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