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U.N. & GlobalABC Report Shows Increase in World-Wide Building Emissions

According to a new report from the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (GlobalABC) and the U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP), buildings and construction accounted for 38% of global greenhouse gas emissions worldwide in 2019. The report highlights the use of carbon-intensive electricity in parts of the world and that decarbonization for these sectors have slowed down considerably. The report also states that buildings account for nearly 55% of total electricity consumption worldwide. To read the full report, click here


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DOE Releases Energy Storage Grand Challenge Roadmap

On December 21, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released the Energy Storage Grand Challenge Roadmap, the Department’s first comprehensive energy storage strategy. The Roadmap, which was originally announced in January 2020, aims to aid in the development of energy storage technologies by 2030. Click here to read more.


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President-elect Joe Biden Names Head of White House Council on Environmental Quality

President-elect Joe Biden has announced that he will nominate Benda Mallory to run the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). Mallory has previously worked at the EPA and served as the General Counsel for CEQ during the Obama-Administration.


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Virginia School Districts Reference ASHRAE Guidance for HVAC Systems

In December, the Virginia public school districts of Newport News, Chesapeake and Virginia Beach City all included references to ASHRAE guidance for HVAC systems in their COVID-19 policies for school buildings. Newport News Public Schools purchased portable air purifiers for each classroom in all buildings where the HVAC system does not meet the ASHRAE standard. Chesapeake Public Schools required that all HVAC systems receive filter changes, with the highest-possible MERV-rated filter, every 90 days. Virginia Beach City Public Schools focused on proper HVAC system operation, along with preventative maintenance initiatives, like emergency response for HVAC systems, filter replacement, dilution/flush through extended building operation, indoor environment assessment through data logging, and HVAC equipment coil cleaning. A WTKR (local news) article about these procedures can be found here


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Canadian Federal Climate Plan Exceeds 2030 Paris Targets for GHG Reductions

On December 11, Prime Minister Trudeau and Environment Minister Wilkinson, announced the federal Climate Plan, which builds on efforts already underway in the country, and provides more details on advancing energy-efficient homes and buildings; expanding the supply of clean electricity and energy; continuing to put a price on carbon with increases over time to 2030; and investing in clean industry and business practices. With respect to energy efficient buildings, the plan provides $6.1 billion for building retrofits, promotes net-zero energy ready building codes and offers skills training for building retrofits. The plan can be found here.


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