Seismically reliable tunnel completed to ensure San Francisco’s water supply
The $288 million project is part of one of the largest water infrastructure improvement programs in the country. The Bay Tunnel replaces two old pipelines that sat on the San Francisco Bay floor and connects East Bay water supplies with customers on the Peninsula and in San Francisco. More>>
Cities propose solar panels as a means to curb greenhouse gas emissions
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has set a goal of developing 100 megawatts of solar power on public buildings and 250 megawatts on private properties in 10 years to generate 1 percent of the city’s electricity and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by an estimated 35,000 metric tons a year. More>>
Solar Vision 2020, proposed by San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, aims to double the amount of solar electricity generated in the city by 2020 to fulfill San Francisco's goal of a fossil fuel-free electricity supply by 2030. More>>
Massachusetts continues to be the most energy-efficient state
The State Energy Efficiency Scorecard by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy also found that energy-efficiency programs in 2013 saved approximately 24.4 million megawatt-hours, a 7 percent increase over 2011. Arkansas, the District of Columbia, Kentucky, and Wisconsin were found to be the most improved energy-efficiency states for 2014.
Virginia governor unveils ambitious energy plan
The 2014 Virginia Energy Plan calls for 15 percent of the state’s energy to come from renewables by 2025 and a 10 percent reduction in energy consumption by 2020. Governor Terry R. McAuliffe also signed an executive order that directs state buildings to reduce energy consumption by 15 percent by 2017 and creates a new state Chief Energy Efficiency Officer position.
New British Columbia water heater energy-efficiency requirements go into effect in December
Starting December 19, applications for building permits must comply with new requirements for energy-efficiency in housing, small commercial, and industrial buildings. More>>
Harvard launches green building design center
The Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities was created to explore the role that building efficiency plays in urban sustainability and to promote the creation and continued improvement of sustainable, high-performance buildings and cities.
New landscape irrigation standard published
ASABE/ICC 802-2014: Landscape Irrigation Sprinkler and Emitter Standard classifies sprinkler and drip irrigation systems, sets uniform testing procedures, and establishes minimum design and performance requirements for commercial and residential landscape irrigation components. More>>
First building standard focusing on health and wellness released
WELL Building Standard v1.0 is a performance-based certification system that aims to improve human health and wellbeing through the built environment via performance requirements in seven categories: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind.
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ASHRAE announces student design competition winners
Included in the winning projects were innovations such as variable refrigerant flow systems with simultaneous heating and cooling, dedicated outdoor air systems with energy recovery, and a ground source heat pump system where water is pumped through vertical piping in the ground, providing a heat source and a heat sink for the pumps. More>>
Deadline to register for CIPH’s Most Water Wise School Competition is December 1
Teams of Canadian college and university students are invited to participate in this competition to design an interdisciplinary approach with input from both engineering and business students to reduce their school’s water footprint. More>>