Edited by Eli Kaberon, Editorial Intern
When building owners anticipate tax relief and promise certain sustainable features to tenants, not earning the projected U.S. Green Building Council LEED rating becomes a financial and legal problem, according to a Nashville Post article. The liability involved in beached LEED ambitions is new legal ground, largely because there's yet to be a court judgment on the books to set a precedent.
Electrical engineers have been hit hard by the struggling economy and increased overseas competition, as a report from the U.S. Labor Dept.'s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that the unemployment rate for that field hit a record high in the second quarter of 2009. According to USA Today, the BLS study stated that 8.
Proposed changes designed to improve the energy efficiency of buildings covered by ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007 are open for public comment. The standard provides minimum requirements for the energy-efficient design of most buildings. Currently, 18 proposed addenda to the standard are open for public review.
The 6,200 sq ft Omega Center for Sustainable Living (OCSL) on the Omega Institute campus in Rhinebeck, N.Y., is not only on track to achieve U.S. Green Building Council LEED platinum, it may be the first building in America to meet the requirements of the Living Building Challenge (LBC), according to an article on JetsonGreen.
The U.S. Dept. of Energy and the U.S. Dept. of Treasury announced the guidelines and terms of conditions for renewable energy project developers to apply for the billions of dollars set aside in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). According to GreenBiz.com, the federal stimulus package allows developers to earn a tax grant to grow and expand their renewable energy ideas, eliminat...
Evan Mills, PhD, staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), has released an important report quantifying the costs and benefits of commissioning: "Building Commissioning: A Golden Opportunity for Reducing Energy Costs and Greenhouse Gas Emissions." Based on data from 37 commissioning providers representing 643 buildings comprising 99 million sq ft of floor space from 26 st...
Consulting-Specifying Engineer is pleased to welcome two new members to our Editorial Advisory Board, Brian Rener (left) and Gerald Versluys. The two new members assist editors in reviewing magazine content for technical accuracy and consistency. Rener, PE and LEED AP, is the senior design manager for Chicago-based M+W Zander US Operations.
Cooper Bussmann has contributed $500,000 to the Arc Flash Collaborative Research Project organized by IEEE and NFPA. The company's platinum level sponsorship will help expand the knowledge of the electric arc flash phenomena and enhance worker safety through advances in the codes and standards relating to safe employee work practices.
The Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) has announced its opposition to H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES Act), in its current form. If the bill is passed into law, it would, among many other onerous provisions, eviscerate the federal preemption provisions of the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA) and the Energy Policy ...