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CT weighs tougher building codes to combat climate change

In April, Malloy issued an executive order instructing the DAS, DEEP and the Insurance Department to work with the Office of the State Building Inspector to ensure that the next revision to the State Building Code contains standards that increase the resiliency of new and renovated homes and buildings.

Malloy hasn't proposed anything specific, but said measures to consider include sealing seams in roof decks to guard against water infiltration if shingles blow off; stronger tie-downs of roofs to building structures; and impact-resistant glass in high-wind areas.Many measures to make buildings more resilient are relatively inexpensive, he said. He also cited research that every $1 spent on resiliency measures can save $4 in insurance claims.

Jessie Stratton, director of policy for DEEP, said talks among state agencies would lead to a code that is more appropriate for the changing climate. DEEP is concerned about rising sea levels and more intense storms, particularly stronger nor'easters, she said.

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Connecticut Organizations and Residents Recognized by EPA for Environmental Achievements

CTGBC Board Chairman honored by Regional EPA 

Each year EPA New England recognizes individuals and groups in the six New England states who have worked to protect or improve the region’s environment in distinct ways. Among the CT winners is CTGBC Board Chair, Pat McDonnell, Director of Conservation Load Management at United Illuminating Co.  Also honored were UI's CLM Team members Amy McLean-Salls and Sheri Borrelli.

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Cities, Utilities, and Businesses Commit to Unlocking Access to Energy Data for Building Owners and Improving Energy Efficiency

The White House: Office of the Press Secretary

FACT SHEET; Cities, Utilities, and Businesses Commit to Unlocking Access to Energy Data for Building Owners and Improving Energy Efficiency.

Local Government, private sector, and utility actions spur access to energy data and accelerate energy efficiency investment & innovation in buildings and homes.

Making businesses and homes more energy efficient is a win for jobs and economic growth, operating costs and bottom lines, and the President’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions and fight climate change. That is why, today, as part of the President’s Better Buildings Program, the Administration is announcing.... 

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USGBC APPROVES NEW CONSTRUCTION GUIDE FOR LEED PILOT CREDIT LIBRARY

(Portland, Ore.) Feb. 11, 2016 – The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has approved the addition of New Buildings Institute’s (NBI) Advanced Buildings® New Construction Guide as a LEED Pilot Alternative Compliance Path (ACP). By following the prescriptive path in the New Construction Guide, projects can earn up to 10 energy points in LEED v4.

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CTGBC Sponsor Moves to new Global Headquarters in New Haven

First Wave of Alexion Employees Move into New Global Headquarters in New Haven

The new Alexion headquarters building has been constructed using eco-friendly methods. It is designed to obtain the LEED Silver environmental standard certification.

Alexion’s first wave of employees have relocated to its new global headquarters at its state-of-the-art facility in New Haven, Connecticut. As Alexion works to fulfill its mission to transform the lives of patients with severe and devastating rare disorders, the move to New Haven enables the Company to keep pace with the rapid growth of the company’s global operations and expanding pipeline initiatives.

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