The International Code Council earlier this week launched the first public version of the International Green Construction Code, which aims to bring together standards for the environmental performance of commercial buildings.
The UK Government has issued amended building regulations, which will come into force in October this year, to improve the energy efficiency of new and refurbished homes.
The UK’s Carbon Trust is joining forces with fund manager Threadneedle and developer Stanhope to raise £350 million for the refurbishment of commercial properties.
The US Administration’s recently announced residential and commercial retrofit programmes and boosts to energy efficient manufacturing will create 333,000 jobs this year, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.
UK Housing and Planning Minister John Healey yesterday announced an overhaul of ‘green’ planning rules and a second wave of eco-towns.
The US Department of Energy announced last week that it is to back a Minnesota-based company making energy-saving windows with a $72 million loan.
Sixteen of the most sustainable buildings were honoured last week at Ecobuild in London as part of the BREEAM Awards 2010.
IBM and Johnson Controls have announced plans to join forces to make buildings smarter, reducing energy and water use.
Masdar City, the carbon-neutral, zero-waste clean technology development in Abu Dhabi, is looking for companies to develop energy and resource efficient low-carbon concrete.
Local communities should get together on heating, rainwater harvesting and waste disposal and reuse schemes, recommends the UK Green Building Council and the Zero Carbon Hub.