Alert Notice #57
Green Building & Energy Efficiency

Latest Industry News, Events, Issues, Products, And Resources

January 9, 2012


1. Industry Issues, Forecasts & Trends
2. Business Management
3. Building Design & Trends
4. Codes Standards & Regulations
5. Building Science & Technologies
6. Building Performance Issues
7. Products & Suppliers
8. Installation & Procedures
9. Fuels, Energy & Transportation
10. Information Sources
11. Conferences & Shows
12. Education & Training
13. Costs & Savings
14. Incentives, Financing & Programs

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Resource Site For Green Building & Renovation
Green Building Advisor is an online resource serving the residential design, construction, and remodeling industry. It offers differing views on industry issues & ideas, information on green building technology & products, examples of green homes & projects, online community forums, and more.

1. Industry Issues, Forecasts & Trends

7 Green Home Tech Trends Of 2011
Earth Techling describes its picks for 7 green home tech trends of 2011.

Top 10 Green Building Trends For 2012
Green Building Services says big things are on the horizon in 2012. As sustainable building becomes more mainstream, codes and rating systems are ramping up their stringencies and many in the building industry are eager to abide. Based on industry chatter and analysis of the past year, here’s their forecast of 10 green building trends that will be picking up steam in 2012.

Predictions For Smart Buildings In 2012
Automated Buildings article provides some predictions for smart buildings in 2012.

Vancouver Integrated Air Quality & Greenhouse Gas Management Plan
Metro Vancouver Integrated Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Management plan outlines initiatives to reduce emissions from diesel-powered trucks, bulldozers and other off-road vehicles.

To Capture Green Value We Need A Long Perspective
Green Building Advisor says real-estate agents, appraisers, and lenders are three key housing-industry sectors that need to step up to the plate to support the green-building industry.

Market For Energy Efficient Buildings To Surpass $100 Billion By 2017
Building Energy Performance Assessment News says the market for energy efficiency services and equipment is on the rise as national governments look to reduce energy consumption by improving the efficiency of the building stock. According to a new report from Pike Research, the total market for energy efficiency in buildings will reach $103.5 billion by 2017, an increase of more than 50% from the 2011 market value of $67.9 billion.

Nighttime For Solar Power
BC Business says solar power suppliers and makers around the world, including Vancouver's Day 4 Energy, are facing some extremely dark days.

US Household Power Use Declines Even As Numbers Of Gadgets Rise
Toledo Blade says even though US homes are more cluttered than ever with electricity-consuming devices, electricity demand is leveling off. From 1980 to 2000, residential power demand grew by about 2.5% per year. From 2000 to 2010, the growth rate slowed to 2%. Over the next 10 years, demand is expected to decline by about 0.5% a year, according to the Electric Power Research Institute.

2. Business Management

Legal Tips For Construction Firms Pursuing LEED
Journal of Commerce says sustainable building is transforming the Canadian construction industry. However, new construction techniques and new contract terms may be creating legal risks around liability, insurance and project certification that have not yet been fully explored.

Advanced Construction Documentation For High Performance Homes
US Department of Energy online Strategy Guideline: Advanced Construction Documentation Recommendations for High Performance Homes identifies differences between the requirements for construction documents for high performance housing and the documents that are typically produced for conventional housing. There are four main changes recommended in order to achieve improvements in energy efficiency, durability, and health in Building America program houses: create coordination drawings, improve specifications, improve detail drawings, and review drawings and prepare a Quality Control Plan. (PDF)

Critique Of Green Ads
Greenwashing Index lets users post and critique ads online based on the authenticity of their environmental claims.

Energy Efficiency In A Commercial Building Lease
Building Owners and Managers Association and the Green Buildings Foundation study on Energy Efficiency In A Commercial Building Lease describes considerations for creation of a green lease. (PDF)

Converting The Assessment Into An Upgrade
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab report Converting the Assessment into an Upgrade: Resources for Program Managers & Contractors provides a list of sales training resources and tips for programs and contractors selling energy efficiency. (PDF)

Business Model Guide For Residential Program Participants
DOE Business Model Guide 2011 features a business model analysis that focuses on six key market factors that influence and/or provide the opportunity to expand the residential energy efficiency market: remodelers, HVAC contractors, home performance contractors, retailers, and two types of program administrators. It examines governance, financial model/structure, assets and infrastructure, service offerings, and customer and customer acquisition for each of the three contractor business interests and impact of these on potential expansion into the residential energy efficiency market. (PDF)

3. Building Design & Trends

Passive Building Strategies Every Builder Can Use
Custom Home magazine says even for those not ready to make the jump to a fully passive home, there are steps every builder can take to dramatically boost a home's performance.

Planning Character-Defining Windows
Fine Homebuilding describes how window choices reflect and inform the character of houses in four broad architectural styles, including ranch/midcentury modern, Craftsman, Victorian, and colonial.

Remodeling For More Than Green
For Residential Pros says incorporating green products and technology in a remodeled home shouldn’t exclude aesthetics, livability and accessibility.

Introduction To Urban Agriculture
Dovetail report focuses on a re-emerging trend towards growing food within cities. Self-sufficiency, ingenuity within the food arena, and concerns regarding food security and health has led to the growing popularity of urban agriculture. Today, non-profits, private entrepreneurs, local city governments, and even the U.S. Department of Agriculture recognize urban agriculture as a means to enhance local economies, improve environmental and human health, and support food security.

Measuring Sustainability
US Department of Housing & Urban Development summarizes the research on metrics (indicators, indicator systems, and indices) that relate to the challenges of sustainability measurement.

BEopt Software Released Free To Public
Green Building Advisor gives description of BEopt cost-optimization software, recently released as free to the public.

4. Codes Standards & Regulations

BC Energy Efficient Buildings Strategy
BC Government Energy Efficient Buildings Strategy established targets for significant energy and emission reductions in new and existing buildings by the year 2020. This paper outlines key policy measures, estimates energy savings and identifies a framework for evaluating the strategy progress, including indicators of success. (PDF)

2012 Checklist For Built Green Rating For New Homes
Built Green has four levels of achievement, Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Points are awarded based on points taken from each of the areas of the checklist to give a cumulative total. (XLS)

2012 Ontario Building Code Energy Efficiency Requirements For New Construction
In Ontario, if you apply for a building permit on or after Jan. 1, 2012, the proposed construction must conform to the enhanced energy efficiency requirements of Ontario’s Building Code.

Purchasable 2011 Canadian National Energy Code For Buildings
Canadian National Research Council sells the 2011 National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings. It provides minimum requirements for the design and construction of energy-efficient buildings and covers the building envelope, systems and equipment for heating, ventilating and air-conditioning, service water heating, lighting, and the provision of electrical power systems and motors. It applies to new buildings, as well as to substantial renovations in existing ones. It does not apply to farm buildings nor to housing and smaller buildings covered in Part 9 of the National Building Code of Canada (NBC).

First US National Green Building Code Approved
Sustainable Business says the International Green Construction Code applies to all new and renovated commercial buildings and residential buildings over three stories high. It sets mandatory baseline standards for all aspects of building design and construction, including energy and water efficiency, site impacts, building waste, and materials.

Compliance Paths For US Residential & Commercial Energy Codes
US Department of Energy report Compliance Verification Paths for Residential and Commercial Energy Codes identifies and discusses conformity assessment activities and provides guidance for developing new or adjusting existing ways of verifying compliance. It also looks at different ways to ensure that the energy efficiency goals of an adopted code or standard are achieved. (PDF)

Consultations On Creating ISO Standards For Environmental Technology
Environment Canada is seeking input on a proposal to establish an international ISO standard for environmental technology verification (ETV). Developed in conjunction with the Standards Council of Canada, the proposed international standard aims to improve the credibility of independent performance verification and market acceptance of verified environmental technologies, while reducing potential risk to buyers, investors and users of environmentally sound technologies.

BCBC Submission On Ban Of Cosmetic Pesticides In BC
Business Council of BC submission to the Special Legislative Committee on Cosmetic Pesticides says given the extensive testing and regulations governing the use of pesticides in Canada and British Columbia, it does not see a convincing case for adoption of any sort of comprehensive or blanket ban on the cosmetic use of pesticides in the province. That said, should the Committee decide that additional restrictions on the cosmetic use of pesticides are in fact warranted, they propose that such a step be accompanied by a number of other measures and recommendations. (PDF)

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    5. Building Science & Technologies

    High-R Walls For Pacific Northwest
    Building Science research report High-R Walls for the Pacific Northwest–A Hygrothermal Analysis of Various Exterior Wall Systems considers a number of promising wall systems that can meet the requirement for better thermal control. It considers performance in a realistic matter, including some two- and three-dimensional heat flow and analysis of the relative risk of moisture damage.

    Case Studies Of Deep Energy Retrofits
    Building Science describes a number of deep energy retrofits on various types of homes. A case study typically includes the project overview, both enclosure and mechanical designs, results of performance testing as well as the builder profile and unique project highlights.

    Hybrid Foundation Insulation Retrofit
    Building Science online slide show presentation describes issues and considerations for retrofitting insulation on hybrid foundations. (PDF)

    An Introduction To Thermal Imaging
    Green Building Advisor describes how an infrared camera can help diagnose a variety of home-performance problems, including air leaks, missing insulation, or thermal bridges.

    What Is Infrared Thermography?
    Soltec describes infrared thermography as the process of using an instrument and a method to detect infrared energies emitted from an object, convert these emitted energies to temperature values, and display an image of the object showing the temperature distribution.

    Leiningen Versus The Ants Redux
    Building Science describes the energy retrofit of a previously retrofitted building in Boston, along with lessons learned in both situations.

    6. Building Performance Issues

    Energy & Environment In Wood-Framed Homes
    Canadian Wood Council online report Energy & The Environment provides new life-cycle assessment data and offers an updated comparison study by presenting data for both the embodied energy and operating energy of three 2,400 sq. ft. single-family homes. (PDF)

    Minimizing Carbon Footprint Of Buildings
    Woodworks online slide show Minimizing the Carbon Footprint of Buildings covers calculation of a carbon footprint and CO2 equivalency, carbon issues related to building products, available tools for assessing carbon liberation in building construction, and how to minimize carbon and carbon dioxide emissions in building construction. (PDF)

    Different Approaches To Energy Reduction In 1½-Storey Houses
    CMHC report Testing Different Approaches to Energy Reduction in Five 1½-storey Post-war Houses summarizes results after they had deep energy retrofits to reduce energy costs to zero, to reduce emissions, and to create homes that are comfortable and healthy to live in. The five houses underwent five different energy retrofits and were monitored for 12 months following their completion and evaluated against baseline data for a similar period. (PDF)

    Testing Ductless Heat Pumps
    BC Hydro is in the process of testing ductless heat pumps for residential use, and is watching a pilot project in Washington where they are being used in small businesses that operate out of houses or small buildings.

    Accidentally Breaking A CFL Is Not Mayhem
    Home Energy Magazine describes a study that illustrates long-term exposure to mercury from a broken CFL poses a minuscule risk, and no risk at all if simple cleanup guidelines are followed.

    Procedures For Commercial Building Energy Audits
    ASHRAE publication Procedures for Commercial Building Energy Audits includes time-saving tips for energy auditors, how to hire an auditor, what to ask for in a comprehensive audit report and how to build a successful energy efficiency retrofit team. $99 USD

    Impact Of Design, Operation & Tenant Behavior On Building Energy Performance
    New Buildings Institute report Sensitivity Analysis: Comparing the Impact of Design, Operation, and Tenant Behavior on Building Energy Performance found that best practices in building operations can reduce energy use 10% to 20% across all climate zones, but poor operations practices can increase energy use 30% to 60% or more. (PDF)

    US Federal Green Buildings Perform Better
    US General Services Administration report Green Building Performance says sustainably designed federal buildings cost 19% less to maintain, use 25% less energy, consume 11% less water and emit more than one-third less carbon dioxide than conventionally designed buildings. The study also found occupant satisfaction to be significantly higher in sustainable buildings. (PDF)

    Handbook On Energy Management Information Systems
    Natural Resources Canada online handbook on Energy Management Information Systems helps managers, engineers and operational staff identify what a company needs in order to develop an EMIS and what it should do to get there.

    7. Products & Suppliers

    Economic & Environmental Benefits Of Using Wood In Green Building
    US Forest Service study Science Supporting the Economic and Environmental Benefits of Using Wood and Wood Products in Green Building Construction indicates that wood should factor as a primary building material in green building. The authors reviewed scientific literature and found that using wood in building products yields fewer greenhouse gases than using other common materials. (PDF)

    New Philips Bulb Wins Award
    BC Hydro says lighting manufacturer Philips won an award with its 10W LED replacement for the standard 60W incandescent bulb. The new lamp cuts energy consumption by 83%, has superior dimming capability compared to other LEDs, has a very long life, and the quality of light more closely resembles incandescent lighting than almost any other alternative on the market.

    Select The Right CFL For Your Business
    BC Hydro describes what to look for when choosing the right CFL lights for your business application.

    Apps For The Environment
    US Environmental Protection Agency has announced the winners of its Apps for the Environment challenge, which encouraged new and innovative uses of EPA’s data to create apps that address environmental and public health issues.

    Hemp As A Building Material
    Salem-News article discusses the possible uses of hemp concrete mixtures, along with features, benefits, and considerations.

    Overview Of Certified Energy Advisors
    BC Hydro describes skills and roles of Certified Energy Advisors, who are certified by Natural Resources Canada to deliver the EnerGuide Rating Service for new homes, or the EcoEnergy program for existing homes.

    Forests & Climate Change: A Convenient Truth
    Online video presentation, produced by FAO and the Forestry Commission of the United Kingdom, shows how much forests can contribute to the mitigation of climate change, stressing the importance of reversing forest loss.

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    8. Installation & Procedures

    Should Historic Window Preservation Trump Energy Performance?
    Green Building Advisor discusses what to do when the interests of energy efficiency and historical window preservation collide.

    Evolution Of Home Performance HVAC Testing
    Building Performance podcast describes the development of home performance HVAC testing, where the tests came from, and where they might be taking us.

    What Causes Differences In Blower Door Results
    Retrotec describes circumstances that might create before-test results and after-test results to be significantly different.

    Accuracy Of Blower Door Test At Low Fan Speed
    Green Building Advisor discusses whether a blower-door test is less accurate at low fan speeds/fan pressure, and if duct blasters are typically used to measure air infiltration for tighter buildings.

    Sealing & Insulating Ducts In Existing Homes
    US Department of Energy online Measure Guideline: Sealing and Insulating Ducts in Existing Homes covers potential cost and performance benefits of duct sealing and insulating, typical duct materials and components, and overall procedures for assessing and improving the duct system. (PDF)

    UK Good Practice Guide For Compost In Landscaping
    UK Waste & Resources Action Programme online Compost Good Practice Guide describes how to use quality compost across a host of building, civil engineering, landscaping and regeneration projects.

    Technology Can Teach Occupants About Sustainability
    Automated Buildings describes how technology can transform a school's building data into usable information, introduced into the learning environment, and carry with it the message of energy conservation and sustainability.

    Occupant Engagement
    Environmental Building News describes successful occupant engagement strategies, which fall into three main categories: designing for feedback, transforming social norms, and creating incentives.

    9. Fuels, Energy & Transportation

    Canadian Resource Site On Alternative Fuels
    Natural Resources Canada provides information on various alternative fuels including ethanol, biodiesel, natural gas, propane, electricity, fuel cells, and hydrogen.

    Electric Vehicles & Chargers Become Reality In BC
    BC Hydro describes how some public charging stations in BC are getting electric cars rolling.

    Utility Guide To Plug-In Electric Vehicle Readiness
    Edison Electric Institute guidebook The Utility Guide to Plug-In Electric Vehicle Readiness aims to help electric utilities get ready for the expanding production of plug-in electric vehicles. (POF)

    Electric Vehicle Summit
    Electric Vehicle & Infrastructure Summit in Toronto, February 22-23, brings together top thought-leaders from around the globe to share practical strategies on implementing electric vehicles into your sustainable transportation mandate.

    Evaluating Electrical Performance & Grid Integration Of Vehicle-To-Grid Applications
    US National Renewable Energy Laboratory report Test Procedures for Evaluating Electrical Performance and Grid Integration of Vehicle-to-Grid Applications documents a series of test procedures designed to enable engineers, designers and utilities to evaluate the performance of various EVs and hybrids to optimize how they connect with electric utility grids today, and smart grids in the future. (PDF)

    Natural Gas For Transportation
    FortisBC provides information and resources on natural gas vehicle solutions for BC.

    Roadmap For Deployment Of Natural Gas In Canadian Transportation Sector
    NRCan report Natural Gas Use in the Canadian Transportation Sector Deployment Roadmap describes considerations for expanding the use of natural gas across the transportation sector. (PDF)

    10. Information Sources

    Energy Efficient Lighting
    Natural Resources Canada site provides information on various types of lighting, applications, and energy efficiency.

    Resource Site On Environment & Green Lifestyle
    Planet Green is an eco-lifestyle site covering a broad range of ideas and perspectives that generate conversation and motivate individuals to take action to improve the environmental status of our planet.

    Resource Site On Sustainable Design For Architects
    ECOWAN provides resources for architects including news on the latest developments in sustainability, new products and materials, showcases of the best in architecture to urban design, debates and events.

    Guidance On Implementing Energy Savings Plan For Commercial Buildings
    ASHRAE book Energy Efficiency Guide for Existing Commercial Buildings: Technical Implementation provides technical guidance for energy upgrades, retrofits and renovations by which building engineers and managers can achieve at least a 30 percent improvement in energy performance relative to a range of benchmark energy utilization indexes. It features practical means and methods for planning, executing and monitoring an effective program, based on widely available techniques and technologies. $75 USD

    Online Training Videos For Energy Professionals
    California Energy Commission offers online educational videos covering building envelope, HVAC, water heating, lighting, renewable energy, additions and more.

    11. Conferences & Shows

    Better Buildings: Better Business Conference
    Better Buildings: Better Business Conference, held January 31-February 2 in Schaumburg, IL presents latest developments in high performance residential buildings.

    Green Development: Sustainable Buildings and Infrastructure
    Pacific Business & Law Institute presents the Green Development: Sustainable Buildings and Infrastructure conference in Vancouver February 2-3. It covers the current state of green infrastructure and how anticipated developments will impact your municipality or company.

    Sustainable Communities Conference & Trade Show
    Federation of Canadian Municipalities presents the Sustainable Communities Conference and Trade Show in Ottawa, February 8-10. It offers municipal leaders and sustainability practitioners opportunities to share their experiences, learn from experts and discuss the latest strategies for sustainable community development.

    US National Building Performance Conference
    US Residential Energy Services Network annual Building Performance Conference is the national forum on home energy ratings, commercial building energy modeling, and improving the energy efficiency of existing homes. It will take place on February 27-29 in Austin.

    Residential Energy Efficiency Stakeholder Meeting
    U.S. Department of Energy's Building America program second annual Residential Energy Efficiency Stakeholder Meeting is scheduled for February 29 through March 2, 2012, in Austin, Texas. It will provide an opportunity for researchers and industry stakeholders to showcase and discuss the latest in cutting-edge, energy-efficient residential building technologies and practices.

    Kimberley 2012 Green Building Conference
    Kimberley 2012 Green Building Conference, held March 2-3, features experts in green and sustainable building covering the latest advancements in energy efficiency, greening of the building code, renewable energy, net zero homes and more.

    High Performance Buildings Conference
    ASHRAE High Performance Buildings Conference covers best practices for achieving high-performance buildings with deep energy savings. The conference will feature three keynote speakers and sessions in tracks such as Building Performance, Policy and Benchmarking, and Low Energy Techniques. It will be held March 12 - 13, 2012, in San Diego.

    Global Conference On Business & Environment
    GLOBE 2012, held in Vancouver March 14-16, is dedicated to the business of the environment. It offers three days of sessions presented by sustainability experts, displays of environmental innovations, and global networking opportunities.

    12. Education & Training

    Fraser Valley Home Builders’ Educational Forum
    CHBA Fraser Valley presents their 2012 Home Builders’ Educational Forum, Building the Future, on January 31st. This one-day event offers a range of sessions to help industry build through challenging times. (PDF)

    Panel & Networking Event On Women In Trades
    Canadian Construction Women presents Panel, Dinner & Networking Event: Women in Trades, at BCIT on January 24. A panel of four women who have experience working in construction on site will present their stories and answer any questions you may have.

    Built Green Builder Training Courses Around BC
    CHBA-BC is offering Built Green Builder Training courses around the province. These cover proven techniques of energy efficient and environmentally sound housing construction including; cost effective ventilation solutions; preventing condensation and moisture movement; advanced framing techniques that save money; and new options in air-barrier materials and methods.

    Building Green With LEED Canada For New Construction 2009
    Cascadia Green Building Council 36-hour course Building Green with LEED: LEED Canada for New Construction 2009, sis held in Vancouver January 17 to March 6. It provides an in-depth review of the LEED Canada for New Construction Rating System, helps building professionals develop their technical proficiency in this latest standard, and supports those planning to write the LEED Professional Accreditation Exam with the Building Design + Construction Specialty.

    Alternative Energy; Current Status & Future Possibilities
    Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC seminar Alternative Energy, Current Status and Future Possibilities, held in Vancouver on February 24, covers the need for alternative energy and technologies, energy potential of these sources with their effects on CO2 emission reduction, path and challenges from existing energy technology status and sectors to the future, and potential opportunities for engineering work.

    Greening The Supply Chain: Responsible Business Practices
    UBC online course Greening the Supply Chain: Responsible Business Practices offers a comprehensive introduction to the emerging area of green supply chain management. Course topics include key drivers and imperatives in green procurement, barriers & resistance, best practices, standards & benchmarks.

    Solar Power Systems & Applications
    Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC seminar on solar power, held in Vancouver March 12-13 covers technologies for converting solar energy to other useful forms of energy. The solar energy potential in BC and Canada and the future of this technology, with emphasis on Photovoltaic/PV, will be discussed. Participants will learn about solar energy system, components, potentials, and design.

    Recharging Our Workforce: Strategic Framework For Industry Action
    Canadian Electricity Sector Council report Recharging Our Workforce: A Strategic Framework for Industry Action diagnosed the capacity and capability of the electricity and renewable energy industry's internal training function. It provides a training capacity strategic framework for industry action. (PDF)

    Interstate Renewable Energy Council Is New Credentialing Body
    Interstate Renewable Energy Council uses the ISPQ international framework to assess content, quality, and resources across a range of renewable energy, energy efficiency and weatherization training programs. This process leads to defined workplace knowledge and skills, and ensures the legitimacy of what is being taught and by whom. An IREC ISPQ credential sends a strong signal that a rigorous standard has been met.

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    13. Costs & Savings

    Payback Calculations For Energy-Efficiency Improvements
    Green Building Advisor describes how to choose the best way to look at your investments energy-efficiency improvements to your home, by performing a simple payback analysis and calculating net present value.

    US Prices For Residential Rooftop Building-Integrated Photovoltaics
    US National Renewable Energy Laboratory report Building-Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) in the Residential Sector: An Analysis of Installed Rooftop System Prices, examines the cost drivers and performance considerations related to BIPV for residential rooftops. It also briefly reviews the history of BIPV product development and examines market dynamics that have affected commercialization and deployment. (PDF)

    Life Cycle Analysis Of Alternative Wastewater Treatment
    Cascadia Region Green Building Council study Life Cycle Analysis of Alternative Wastewater Treatment Strategies finds that decentralized sewage treatment can reduce carbon emissions by as much as 44% compared to large-scale treatment systems. (PDF)

    14. Incentives, Financing & Programs

    Value Of Energy Performance & Green Attributes
    Home Energy magazine summarizes a Lawrence Berkeley National Lab report on the value of energy performance and green attributes in buildings.

    Delivering Energy Efficiency To Middle Income Single Family Households
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory study Delivering Energy Efficiency to Middle Income Single Family Households identifies steps that energy efficiency program managers and policy makers can take to deliver significant savings on home energy bills to middle income U.S. households. (PDF)

    Energy Savings Measure Packages For Existing US Homes
    US Department of Energy report Energy Savings Measure Packages For Existing Homes presents a simple starting point to determine the most cost-effective Energy Savings Measure Packages (ESMP) for existing homes to achieve 15% and 30% savings in 37 locations across the United States. (PDF)

    Potential Impacts Of Climate & Energy Policy On Forest Sector Industries
    Dovetail report assesses short and long-term impacts (both positive and negative) of state and federal climate and bioenergy policies and incentives on the domestic forestry/wood products sector, and in particular the logging, lumber, composite panels, and paper industries, and considers how incentive programs might be modified so as to achieve optimum results for bioenergy producers and established wood-based industries alike.

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