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Setting High Standards: LEED Gold Now the Rule at UConn

The Board of Trustees recently raised UConn’s minimum green building standard from LEED Silver to LEED Gold, taking another step toward achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 and securing other environmental goals.

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Energize CT Accepting Entries for 7th Annual Zero Energy Challenge

Participants compete to prove high efficiency homes are achievable with current technology.

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – June 9, 2016 – Energize Connecticut partners, Eversource, The United Illuminating Company (UI), Southern Connecticut Gas and Connecticut Natural Gas are now accepting entries for the 7th annual Connecticut Zero Energy Challenge (ZEC), a statewide design/build competition for single and multi-family homes. 

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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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