A fresh generation of green building evaluation mechanisms is gaining popularity in the United States, signaling a new phase in the industry’s engagement with environmental and sustainability issues, one in which simple building certification is no longer enough and the commercial real estate marketplace is increasingly having to negotiate a variety of new building codes, additional ra
(PHILADELPHIA) Thursday June 21, 2012 –Philadelphia City Council today passed Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown’s Energy Benchmarking Bill. The legislation, co-sponsored by Councilman James F. Kenney, establishes a system of benchmarking and reporting of energy and water usage data for non-residential buildings with 50,000 square feet or more.
Pennsylvania lawmakers passed a measure in 2008 known as Act 129 that was aimed at curtailing energy demand, creating jobs and reducing pollution. The Public Utility Commission is now considering whether certain programs required under the act are working or should be scaled back or discontinued.