As states increasingly look to utilities to play an active role in supporting building energy codes, a new report from a coalition of energy efficiency advocates, has been issued to provide guidance for how state regulatory commissions and energy offices can best develop and evaluate such efforts.
The Codes and Standards Network is an effort that engages members throughout our states and components. Engaging all of our members as advocates of our profession continues to be an integral part of the role of the Architect going forward.
The AIA Issues and Advocacy team aren’t the only ones focusing on building codes this month. Each May, the International Code Council sponsors “Building Safety Month,” a campaign to raise awareness about the important role building codes for the health, safety, and welfare of the public.
Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York and Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey released Action Plans detailing how they intend to spend the $1.7 billion each state received in Community Development grant funding following Hurricane Sandy. For architects whose firms were damaged by the storm, both states have announced plans to provide grants …
C-PACE, Connecticut’s statewide property assessed clean energy (PACE) financing program launched late last month. C-PACE allows commercial, institutional, and multi-family building owners to access low-rate, long-term financing for energy upgrades. The obligation is repaid through a property tax assessment that is secured by the property, not the owner’s credit. The assessment stays with the property, …
Almost nobody in Washington wants it to happen. Nearly everyone says they are committed to finding a way to avoid it. And yet, the first round of sequestration – an automatic $85 billion cut in federal programs – seems increasingly likely to happen at the end of this month.
In order to be effective advocates for the profession, it is important that ALL members get the scoop on the AIA’s federal priorities for the next two years. AIA members can now access that information at any time by watching the recording of one of the four briefing webinars.