May 13, 2011
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Senate Legislation Calls for Zero-Net-Energy Buildings by 2030
A Bi-Partisan Congressional Effort Lands the 2030 Challenge Targets Back on the Senate Floor The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2011 was introduced yesterday by Senators
Rob Portman (R-OH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). The bill places meeting the 2030 Challenge target of zero-net-energy for new buildings by 2030 as the first item in a comprehensive strategy for U.S. energy reductions in the building and industrial sectors. Specifically, Sec. 101 of the legislation, Greater Energy Efficiency in Building Codes, directs the Secretary of Energy to “establish targets for specific years” with each target “higher than the preceding target” on a “path to achieving zero-net-energy” by the year 2030. The baselines for incremental updates of the codes are the 2009 IECC for residential buildings and ASHRAE Standard 90.1–2010 for commercial buildings. The first code update, the 2012 IECC, which will be released in about a month, meets the initial 50% reduction target of the 2030 Challenge. The 2030 Challenge has been included in numerous other federal, state, and local pieces of legislation. This most recent bill offers another opportunity for the U.S. to realize the energy reduction targets of the 2030 Challenge.
Upcoming Appearances by Edward Mazria ASES National Conference
Friday, May 20th
Raleigh, NC Edward Mazria delivers the Friday morning plenary keynote at the 2011 American Solar Energy Society (ASES) National Conference. 8:30-10:00am. Raleigh Convention Center.
$5 entry fee. Registration required.
2011 Festival of Architecture
Thursday, May 26th
Vancouver, BC Edward Mazria will receive an Honorary Fellowship in the College of Fellows of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC). He will also deliver the Keynote Address after the Fellows convocation ceremony at the 2011 Festival of Architecture. 7:00pm. Simon Fraser University – Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema.
Free and open to the Public. Learn more.
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