Washington, D.C. — International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO®) Government Relations Vice President Dain Hansen on Wednesday was invited to attend a pair of White House events surrounding green infrastructure. At a morning leadership roundtable, Hansen spoke on IAPMO’s green initiatives and detailed the association’s commitment to the Green Infrastructure Collaborative, part of Read more

Atlanta — When the first edition of the “ASHRAE GreenGuide” was first published 10 years ago, guidance on how practice green building design was not so readily available. “Since 2004, the industry has witnessed the continued evolution of green building programs from strictly voluntary to being both more in the industry mainstream as well as Read more

On Dec. 18, Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, unveiled a proposal to overhaul America’s tax code. The staff discussion draft focuses on streamlining energy tax incentives so they are more predictable and technology-neutral. Current law offers 42 different energy tax incentives, including more than a dozen preferences for fossil fuels Read more

Advancing environmental protection and conservation with sustainability in large buildings has undergone demanding but rewarding progress during the past decade: first there was the widespread adoption of the LEED scorecard for new building certifications, then Net Zero Energy design (with an ASHRAE goal of net-zero energy for all new buildings by 2030), and the latest Read more

The industry of “green” runs rampant in American culture. Cleaning products, health/wellness, restaurants, this “trend” accounts for over two million businesses in the United States. Construction has the biggest potential for positive change. While it costs more to build green, contractors and consumers find the savings in operation costs greatly outweighs the initial investment. Here’s Read more