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ASHRAE Offers Updated Course on New Green Building Standard

A course from ASHRAE on the requirements of the standard, Understanding Standard 189.1P for High-Performance, Green Buildings, takes place March 15 and is taught by Tom Lawrence, a member of the committee that developed the standard. The course is one of 14 being offered starting spring 2010.

ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, is the first code-intended commercial green building standard in the United States. It provides a long-needed green building foundation for those who strive to design, build and operate green buildings. The standard covers key topic areas of site sustainability, water use efficiency, energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality and the building's impact on the atmosphere, materials and resources. In addition, the standard includes construction practices and plans for operation of the building after occupancy.

The 14 online, instructor-led seminars will run from March until May and are available to those interested in expanding their knowledge of the HVAC industry and keeping up to date with the latest technology and applications.

A full list of seminars and registration information can be found at www.ashrae.org/onlinecourses.

IFMA Foundation and NEEA Release No-Cost/Low-Cost Energy Savings Guide

The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance's (NEEA) BetterBricks Initiative and the IFMA Foundation have joined forces to produce a practical, real-world guide for facility managers. This guide provides facility managers with a roadmap of how to initiate no-cost or low-cost energy efficiency strategies at their facilities to reap immediate savings.

The "No-Cost/Low-Cost Energy Savings Guide," is the fifth in a sustainability series produced by the IFMA Foundation. The goal of the manual is to provide facility personnel with the tools to get started identifying problem areas and implement no/low-cost solutions to see immediate benefits. These tools have been principally derived from the article, "Common Opportunities: The Top Four," found on the BetterBricks website.

The guide offers several checklists that can be translated into spreadsheet templates to be used by facility managers when assessing their facilities. These are easily tailored to reflect various facility types, allowing for building-specific customization.

USGBC Names 'Top 10 List' of Green Building Bills

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) released its "Top 10 List" of legislation advancing green building, the economic activity and jobs that come with it. In a press release dated February 24, 2010, The USGBC list honors The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and spotlights nine other pending bills in the House and ten in the Senate that represent the best proposals to advance green building. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which was signed into law last February, dedicates more than $22 billion for energy efficiency projects, including $346 million for energy-efficient building technologies specifically.

The Top 10 List includes bills that have been introduced in Congress in the last year that would enable innovative financing for home-owners and building-owners to make efficiency improvements, increase and extend incentives for improving our schools and existing building stock, and encourage job growth and training in new fields of building energy management and retrofits.

HOUSE Top 10

  • The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act - Public Law
  • The American Clean Energy and Security Act - Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.)
  • The 21st Century Green High-Performing Public School Facilities Act - Ben Chandler (D-Ky.)
  • The Expanding Building Efficiency Act - Dave Reichert (R-Wash.)
  • The Property Assessed Clean Energy Tax Benefits Act - John Sarbanes (D-Md.)
  • An Act to Enhance Private Financing for Clean Energy Technology Deployment - Steve Israel (D-N.Y.)
  • The Energy Efficiency Modernization Act of 2009 - Mary Jo Kilroy (D-Ohio)
  • The Water Accountability Tax Efficiency Reinvestment (WATER) Act - Michael Coffman (R-Colo.)
  • The Livable Communities Act of 2010 - Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.) **pending introduction**
  • The Federal Personnel Training Act of 2010 - Russ Carnahan (D-Mo.) **pending introduction**


  • The Clean Energy and American Jobs Act - John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)
  • The American Clean Energy and Leadership Act - Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)
  • Energy Efficiency in Housing Act (EEHA) of 2009 - Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.)
  • The Livable Communities Act of 2009 - Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.)
  • The Expanding Building Efficiency Incentives Act of 2009 - Olympia Snowe (R-Maine)
  • The School Building Fairness Act - Tom Harkin (D-Iowa)
  • Clean Energy for Homes and Buildings Act of 2009 - Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Richard Lugar (R-Ind.)
  • The Energy Efficiency Modernization Act of 2009 - Michael Bennet (D-Colo.)
  • The Water Accountability Tax Efficiency Reinvestment (WATER) Act of 2009 - Mark Udall (D-Colo.)
  • The Federal Agency Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2009 - Susan Collins (R-Maine)