Tag Archive for 'Green Building Advisory Committee'

Tom Ewing’s Environmental Update

*  GSA – General Services Administration – will hold an in-person meeting and a teleconference/web meeting of the Green Building Advisory Committee which works with the Office of Federal High-Performance Buildings.  Date: May 28.  Register in advance.  This is important stuff: The Committee is made up of experts in buildings—including architects, material suppliers, construction contractors, environment, health, security, and transportation—who work to accelerate the transformation of the Federal building portfolio to sustainable technologies and practices.  These federal standards are frequently adopted by state and local energy boards and planners.  The web meeting will focus on findings from GSA’s recent evaluation of work required by the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act.  GSA will present its evaluation and a draft set of recommendations regarding systems that “will be most likely to encourage a comprehensive and environmentally sound approach’’ to the certification of high-performance federal buildings.
*  The Department of Commerce National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) meets June 4 and 5 in Maryland.  The Committee provides advice on Smart Grid standards, priorities, and gaps, on the overall direction, status, and health of the Smart Grid industry, and on the direction of Smart Grid research and standards activities.  The June agenda (tentative) covers discussion of the draft NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 4.0.  The meeting will update NIST’s Smart Grid activities and the intersections with Cyber-Physical Systems program activities.
*  Ya wanna know what people are interested in, and not interested in?  A few weeks ago I referenced that DOI-Fish and Wildlife are reviewing the endangered species status of the gray wolf (Canis lupus).  Wolves have fans.  “To remove wildlife from the endangered list is to sign their death warrant,” wrote in Patricia R.  Whoa!  So far: 29,382 wolf comments to the docket, which doesn’t close until May 14!  And I know there are quite a few robo-call letters sent by bots with their electronic carbon paper.  But compare that to the number of comments sent regarding the Department of Agriculture’s revisions to Dietary Guidelines for Americans (uh, that is, people…): 217.   “I have a friend who lost over 80 pounds in the past year by following a ketogenic diet. This transformed their health and their life for the better,” writes Kim M.  Yeah, whatever (get yer pronouns right …).  Wolves are tough, mysterious, edgy, in the shadows.  All us fat people… jus’ clickin’ around that ol’ Internet… waiting for the updated iteration of Big Gubmint’s doughnut consumption guidelines.  (I like sprinkles and jelly but not chocolate ((at least on donuts))!) *:)) laughing
“reply” or
513-379-5526 voice/text

Tom Ewing’s Environmental Update

*   FHWA is conducting a series of public meetings during the next few months and in various cities across the country to seek comments on the “integration of automated vehicles on the Nation’s roadways.”  FHWA is seeking insights on key issues and implications for roadway infrastructure and to gather comments on highway automation to help inform FHWA research, policy, and programs. The public meetings will have presentations and breakout sessions during which participants can provide written and oral comments. Due to some confused up-front office work the first meeting was already held – in fact it was held the same day the initial announcement appeared in the Federal Register!  Upcoming dates are still being finalized; each meeting will focus on a specific topic, e.g., freight will be the focus of the meeting coming up in September.
 
*  The General Services Administration (GSA), which manages the federal government’s buildings, has long had a “Green Building Advisory Committee” (established in 2011).  As its title implies, the GBAC provides policy advice and recommendations to GSA to advance federal building innovations in planning, design, and operations regarding a number of factors, from reducing costs to minimizing environmental impacts.  Now the Agency has established a new Building and Grid Integration Task Group which is charged with developing recommendations on the integration of federal buildings with the electrical grid to enhance resilience, provide savings of both energy and cost, and facilitate distributed energy generation, including renewable sources.  The new Task Group has a fast start: an initial conference call this month with weekly conference calls after that, helping to prepare for an in-person meeting in late September.

*   We’re gettin’ the band back together, man… C.F. Martin & Co. (better known as Martin Guitar) was recently honored nationally by US DOE for the company’s energy productivity achievements.  Martin, based in Nazareth, PA, founded in 1833, remains a family owned operation.  Martin participates in DOE’s “Better Plants Challenge.”  Martin committed to improving its energy performance across its U.S. operations by 25% within 10 years and to share strategies and results.  In fact, Martin’s team reached this milestone in just two years!  Martin upgraded an aging distributed HVAC system with a state of the art Central Hot/Chilled Water Plant. The heart of the central plant is three water-cooled centrifugal chillers (each with a capacity of 500 tons) and three high-efficiency condensing boilers (each with a capacity of 1,000,000 btus).  The project exceeded expectations, cutting electricity use by 46% and natural gas consumption by 20%. These savings translate into a 27% improvement in energy intensity at the Nazareth plant and more than $500,000 in reduced annual energy costs. Nearly 200 manufacturers participate in DOE’s Better Plants program, saving, to date, $4.2 billion in cumulative energy costs, according to DOE.

Tom Ewing
“reply” or
513-379-5526 voice/text
www.regulatoryclarity.com