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Legislation + Regulation

Arizona Republican Hopes to Use Light Bulbs to Provoke Fight with Federal Government

Arizona state legislator Frank Antenori has proposed a bill (HB 2337) to assert state’s rights using light bulbs, as reported by AZCentral.com in this article. The point of the legislation is that if incandescent lamps are manufactured in Arizona, then Federal legislation–namely, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which raised efficacy standards for [...]

Legislation + Regulation, Products + Technology

DOE Issues Recovery Act Buy American Waiver for CFLs

The Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has issued waivers for several lighting products from the Buy American requirements that apply to manufactured goods to be used in projects funded by EERE under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the “Recovery Act”). The EERE document includes a waiver [...]

Codes + Standards, Education + Resources, Legislation + Regulation

RESCHEDULED! NYC IES Seminar “Headlines from the Lighting World” Moved to February 18, 2010

Same seminar, same place, same time. Different day. Learn more about the seminar here. Register here.

Legislation + Regulation

The “Green Police”: They Really Do Live Inside Your Head

Audi’s Super Bowl commercial on the “green police” shows cops storming homes because they find batteries in the garbage and arresting homeowners because they have incandescent light bulbs installed. It’s humorous, but unfortunately, a lot of people think this kind of thing is real. It’s also strange that people who don’t mind trading ancient liberties [...]

Energy + Environment, Legislation + Regulation

Death and Taxes

Below is my column for the Jan/Feb issue of Illuminate, for your consideration. Note that Jan/Feb is my last issue as editor at large. From here on out, I will not be leading the magazine as its editor but instead contributing it to as a staff writer. This was on my request … Death and [...]

Education + Resources, Energy + Environment, Legislation + Regulation

NEMA and AIA Call on Congress to Extend Commercial Building Tax Deduction

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) have called on Congress to support expanding the Energy Efficient Commercial Building Tax Deduction from $1.80 per square foot to $3.00 per square foot. A letter to Congressional members was co-signed by more than 50 organizations in the construction and environmental arenas. [...]

Codes + Standards, Legislation + Regulation

Liberty Building Forensics Group: Green Building Codes Present Potential Risks

Liberty Building Forensics Group has published a post on its blog here about potential downsides to coming green building codes such as ASHRAE 189.1, Standard for the Design of High Performance Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. Titled, “What Happens When Green Becomes Code: Do Buildings Get Better or Do Lawyers Get Richer?”, warms of [...]

Legislation + Regulation, Lighting Design

Wall Street Journal Takes on International Dark Sky Association

The Wall Street Journal paints the International Dark Sky Association as Big Brother in Eric Felten’s opinion piece here. Once again, lighting takes a backseat to politics, but perhaps not in the way Felten thinks. In the lighting industry, we often hope for lighting issues to enter the public consciousness. But once they do, they [...]

Codes + Standards, Construction + Economy, Energy + Environment, Legislation + Regulation

More on New York Requiring Buildings to Upgrade Their Lighting

Highlights of Int. No. 973: * Lighting systems in buildings larger than 50,000 gross sq.ft. (or buildings that combined with other buildings on same tax lot in total exceed 100,000 sq.ft.) must be upgraded * Deadline for upgrade is 1/1/2025 * Upgrade defined as meeting minimum requirements of New York City Energy Conservation Code * [...]

Codes + Standards, Energy + Environment, Legislation + Regulation

NYC to Require Existing Buildings to Upgrade Their Lighting

New York City has passed significant new legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing government, commercial and residential buildings in New York City. The six-point Greener, Greater Buildings Plan, introduced on Earth Day and enacted as part of PlaNYC, includes four bills that will dramatically reduce the City’s energy usage, saving consumers $700 million [...]

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