Taking Down the trash!

flickr|David Woo

flickr|David Woo

No one will argue, NYC contributes a large amount of garbage to our landfills.

But things are changing.

A recent article in The Cooperator outlines what some building owners and residents are doing to reduce the amount of trash from their buildings. And it works! However, from composting to recycling, these programs rely on building owners and managers to provide residents with the necessary access and tools to be effective.

How much trash does your building generate? Do you think any of these programs would work in your building?

For more ideas, read the full article at the Cooperator.

High Performance Envelope. What’s next?

In January, the ASHRAE working group voted 18-1-1 in favor of withdrawing the proposed ASHRAE 189.1 addendum to reduce the allowable prescriptive window area.  The lead on the task group  released a statement explaining why he abstained from the vote. In the end he challenged “this committee and the manufacturers of high performance windows to propose a suitable replacement to this WWR proposal so the 189.1 standard is providing guidance on high performance envelope design.”–Jon McHugh

Mark Silverberg wrote an insight piece today discussing “After WWR- What Next?”; what defines a great building?, what are the drivers?, market demand, etc.  He concluded that,

“We need a fundamentally new approach to collaboration within the supply chain to comprehend, address, and ultimately solve the complex challenges of the built environment.”

Read more. 

New national advocacy group focused on promoting demand response industry

“We saw a void in demand response policy and wanted to create something just focused on the space, with a consumer angle. We’re not going to get watered down with other ancillary issues, just demand response,” said Lacey. (Lacey has no relation to this reporter.)

Read more at http://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/Jon-Wellinghoff-Joins-Forces-With-Demand-Response-Heavyweights

ASHRAE Joins Effort To Promote Better Prepared Workforce

“Under DOE leadership, a Board of Advisors has been created for the Commercial Workforce Credentialing Council (CWCC). This Board will be led by the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) with the participation of ASHRAE and other credentialing and professional development organizations. They will work to establish a set of voluntary national guidelines to improve the quality and consistency of commercial building workforce credentials.”– Jodi Scott


NY prepping energy industry job force

“NYSERDA’s workforce development partnerships across the state provide the skills and knowledge needed to meet the demands of the State’s growing clean-energy economy,” said John B. Rhodes, President and CEO, NYSERDA. “They support Governor Cuomo’s call for job creation and getting unemployed New Yorkers and workers-in-transition back to work.”  FierceEnergy