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Equitable Building Decarbonization Across the Country: 2022

Expert BlogCalifornia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, OregonCaroline Keicher, Joe O'Brien-Applegate
Policies and programs aimed at new construction and existing buildings continue to gain traction as communities and elected officials realize the feasibility and benefits of ambitious and equity-centered action.

Why Heat Pump Water Heater Day Is Worth Celebrating

Expert BlogUnited StatesEmily Deanne

If you don’t have an HPWH, chances are, your water heater is one of the most inefficient appliances in your home. Gas tank water heaters are only 25 to 60 percent efficient, meaning many waste more than half of the…

New Analysis: Michigan Must Supercharge Climate Action

Expert BlogMidwest, MichiganSamantha Williams

Michigan released a final roadmap—the MI Healthy Climate Plan—in April to chart the course for the state’s goals of cutting GHGs from its economy 28% below 2005 levels by 2025 and 52% by 2030, ultimately achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. 

Chicago Moves Forward on Clean Buildings

Expert BlogChicagoValeria Rincon

The Energy Transformation Code requires all new buildings in the city to comply with the energy efficiency standards set by the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code and to be built with the electrical capacity and wiring necessary to switch to…

California Forging Ahead on Zero Emission Buildings

Expert BlogCaliforniaPierre Delforge

The California Energy Commission (CEC) took a major stride toward zero-carbon emissions buildings in the 2022 update of the statewide building energy code that will require new buildings to use less energy and cut carbon pollution.

Strong Start on Energy Efficiency for Biden Administration

Expert BlogJoe Vukovich
The president’s Executive Order on Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis directs agencies to review a number of harmful actions taken during the Trump administration, including several involving efficiency—led by changing the…

Trump’s Last Havoc on Behalf of Polluters

Expert BlogLuke Tonachel
The administration is leaving office with a reward for automakers who refuse to make more fuel-efficient vehicles. But the list of these last-minute gifts to the administration’s polluter pals is long and growing.

NRDC Sues DOE Over Illegal Dishwasher Rule

Expert BlogJoe Vukovich
The Trump administration is continuing its assault on common-sense energy efficiency standards to the last, this time fabricating a new loophole for dishwashers that opens the door to unfettered water and energy waste. The Department of Energy (DOE) created a…

NRDC Sues DOE Over Efficiency Standards Process Changes

Expert BlogUnited StatesJoe Vukovich
NRDC sued the U.S. Department of Energy today for once again altering its energy efficiency standards-setting process to make it more difficult to set rigorous energy-saving levels for America’s appliances and equipment.