March 13, 2009
Some say there's a whiff of fresh air in Washington. But others say it's the same hot air as always ... only there's more of it than ever.As President Obama continues to push for a market-based cap on greenhouse gas emissions, an unprecedented number of powerful lobbyists and interest groups are preparing to leave their mark on federal policy.In the five years since Congress last voted on...
March 12, 2009
Democratic congressional leaders are encountering opposition from key Senate Democrats to the president's plan to put a price on carbon this year, and are considering bypassing normal Senate procedures to push through legislation.President Barack Obama's 2010 budget plan calls for using a carbon Cap and Trade system to raise as much as $646 billion in new revenue for the government between 2012...
March 11, 2009
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed a national system for reporting carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions by major emitters Tuesday.The registry, which was originally proposed in a 2007 energy bill and is funded in U.S. President Barack Obama's 2010 budget outline, would lay the foundation for regulation of CO2 and other gases thought to contribute to global warming....
March 10, 2009
The U.S. market for “green” building materials generated sales of almost $57 billion in 2008, according to a March 3 Freedonia Group release. This market is projected to expand 7.2 percent annually to more than $80 billion in 2013, outpacing the growth of building construction expenditures over that period. Although green building materials are expected to account for an increasing...
February 27, 2009
"Using high-performance glass to bring more natural daylight into buildings, an important strategy for green building, dramatically reduces energy usage and provides a better work environment," said Russell Huffer, chairman and chief executive officer of Apogee Enterprises Inc., in a keynote speech to the Building Envelope Contractors Conference Feb. 17 in Las Vegas. The event was...
February 26, 2009
The California Air Resources Board’s Survey of Glass Manufacturers is now online, according to a Feb. 26 release from the Glass Association of North America, Topeka, Kan. The Glass Manufacturing Sector Survey for owners/operators covers three glass sectors: container, flat, and fiber glass.Under Assembly Bill 32 (AB32), the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, ARB is...
February 11, 2009
The Glazing Industry Code Committee has scheduled a new Webinar focusing on energy codes and their effect on the industry, according to a Feb. 11 release. The Webinar, which will feature in-depth information and analysis from Dr. Tom Culp of Birch Point Consulting, offers the industry an insight into the potential future benefits and pitfalls from action in today’s code arena.“This...
February 9, 2009
To cap or not to cap?That was the question on Tuesday when more than 300 people came to hear testimonies for and against House Bill 1819 and its companion bill, Senate Bill 5735, which would implement a regional cap and trade program in Washington state in partnership with six other states and four Canadian provinces, under a coalition called the Western Climate Initiative.Under the measure,...
February 6, 2009
Reed Construction Data, Norcross, Ga., a leading provider of building information modeling solutions and construction information, has announced a February 2009 launch for SmartBIM Library (SBL) v3.2, the leading BIM content management tool for architects and engineers.The release of SBL v3.2 will add new features and enhancements including the drag-and-drop family publisher, allowing users to...
January 23, 2009
The U.S. Green Building Council’s most recent update to the family of LEED ratingsystems, LEED 2009 will be available for use by the public beginning in March of2009. Currently, LEED 2009 will include revisions to rating systems aimed atcommercial buildings only (including NC, CI, CS, EBOM and Schools), withrevisions to additional rating systems to follow.