Archive | December, 2009

Strongest U.S. Green Building Laws Pass in NYC

Posted by: 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 […]

Cop15 and the Role of NAMAs

Posted By: 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 […]

A Common Carbon Metric for Buildings

Posted By: 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 […]

EPA Move Makes Energy Bill No Less Important

Posted by: 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 […]

Developing countries, no longer small and quiet

Posted By: 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, […]