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May 19, 2011

EIA funding cuts disrupt CBECS data collection | The Energy Information Administration (EIA) announced this month that a 14% cut in its 2011 fiscal year budget has forced the agency to suspend collection of key energy data and forecasting reports, including the 2011 Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS). CBECS is a national, quadrennial sample survey that gathers statistical data on the stock of U.S. commercial buildings, the only of its kind. This news comes after the announcement that the 2007 CBECS will be withheld due to flaws in the experimental sampling method. Government and industry programs, including EPA's ENERGY STAR program, will be forced to rely on the nearly decade-old 2003 survey, the most recent available. Help urge the House and Senate Appropriations Committees to restore funding for CBECS in the Fiscal Year 2012. Learn more:

EPA to Expand New Home Program to High Rise Residential Buildings |  After launching a successful pilot program, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced plans to expand its ENERGY STAR New Homes program to include multifamily high rise buildings (MFHR).  Developers may earn the ENERGY STAR label through a prescriptive package developed by EPA, or a customized approach using the ENERGY STAR MFHR Simulation Guidelines, a companion document to ASHRAE 90.1-2007 and ASHRAE 90.1-Appendix G. EPA plans to work closely with COMNET and other stakeholders to refine the modeling protocols. For additional information, click here.  
DC Mayor Kicks off Sustainable Energy Utility  |  The District of Columbia's Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU) will launch its first efficiency programs this month after an Earth Day announcement from DC Mayor Vincent Gray. IMT is a partner in the SEU and will be spearheading local policies and programs geared towards long-term market transformation in the city's building sector. Strategies will complement existing IMT activities supporting DC building codes, the city's energy benchmarking mandate, and local valuation of energy efficiency.

USGBC_gov-summit-2011IMT Presents at USGBC Government Summit, ACEEE/CEE 2011 Market Transformation Symposium | IMT's Cliff Majersik presented on the role of leadership and sustainability in the commercial real estate market at USGBC's May 10 Government Summit, and on Recent Advances and Future Directions for Building Energy Code Compliance at the April 10-12 ACEEE/CEE Market Transformation Symposium. Cliff and Andrew Burr both moderated sessions at the Market Transformation Symposium, covering Residential Energy Efficiency Finance Mechanisms and Local Experiences with Building Energy Rating and Disclosure.

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IMT is excited to welcome Amanda Kolson Hurley as its new Communications Manager.  Most recently, Amanda served as executive editor of Architect, the official magazine of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).  Visit our staff page to read her full bio.

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IMT in the News

May 16, 2011 - Seattle Launches New Building Energy Efficiency Program in EnergyBoom

April 28, 2011 - Builders Fight for Value Recognition for Energy-Efficient Homes in Builder Magazine

April 25, 2011 - Building Rating and Disclosure Policy Has New Online Hub in Nation's Cities Weekly

April 17, 2011 - Is your building green? We’ll all know soon in The Washington Post

April 12, 2011 - Big Builders Push for Energy-Efficiency Initiative in The Journal of Light Construction

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