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New Energy Star Standards mean many D.C. buildings will need upgrading

JLL, Washington Business Journal Summary On Jan. 19, 2019, Mayor Muriel Bowser signed the Clean Energy DC Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018, sweeping legislation that demonstrates the District’s commitment to addressing the effects of climate change. This legislation sets ambitious...


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Why Benchmarking Is Critical for Saving Energy in China

Barbara Finamore, NRDC Summary This is a guest post by Zhiming Pan. Over two-thirds of existing buildings in China are energy inefficient; this energy consumption accounts for about one-fourth of the country’s total CO 2 emissions . Large buildings have particularly high energy...


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Pollution Got Worse in 2018 Thanks to Two Overlooked Sectors

Eric Roston, Bloomberg Summary In the debate over climate change, the heaviest polluters -- think: power plants, trucks and cars -- get the most attention from policy makers. New research suggests a broader view might be called for. A pair of often-overlooked sectors posted the largest...


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Comments in Support of Proposed Addendum bm to Standard 189.1-2017

Summary The International District Energy Association (IDEA) strongly supports the proposed Addendum. It provides an appropriate methodological framework for Performance Path calculations for buildings using district energy for heating and/or cooling. The Addendum will facilitate increased...

IDEA Comments in Support of Proposed Addendum bm to Standard 189.pdf


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Understanding the Impacts on US and Canadian Case Studies

Summary LEED Version 4 is now the current version of LEED for all new projects. LEED V4 brings many changes for interested district energy systems such as the forced phase-out of CFC’s, the ability to meet prerequisites with district energy alone, and more stringent energy requirements. This...

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