Building efficiency

City Gateway, said Cathy Higgins, director of research at the New Buildings Institute, is “the first in the Southeast of this type to reach this ambitious level.”

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Charley Juris: “The only way to make it work is to be part of the overall design and construction process. We help people design energy efficiency into the remodels and work with contractors we’ve vetted who have proven to us they’ll do it right and for a fair price.”

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Virginia now has a collaborative process to mitigate rising sea levels and other disruptive impacts of climate change: the first-ever Resilient Virginia Conference March 22-23, 2016 in at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

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Pressure from customers and other stakeholders is boosting utility commitments to programs and tools designed to save energy and enable markets for renewable sources of electricity, so says a report by Ceres, a sustainability-focused non-profit and Clean Edge, a research consultancy. But it depends on where you live. In some states – you can probably…

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Among the recommendations: ensure that all benefits, and not just the costs, of efficiency programs are accounted for.

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Virginia has steered clear of clean energy policies that are creating jobs and businesses in dozens of states. Perhaps the biggest reason is that the state’s energy policy – and the only market for electricity – is run by investor-owned Dominion Virginia Power which serves 70% of the state’s electricity load.

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