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An Outcome Summit Webinar will be held July 30, 12-1:00 (Pacific). An outcome-based approach is one where building performance is judged by the actual energy use. Key stakeholders have been invited to attend the Summit On Getting To Outcome-Based Performance in early August. At this summit they will identify the challenges and develop potential solutions for implementing outcome-based approaches to design, construction and operations. The issues, approaches and solutions identified in this summit are likely to have significant influence on how the industry addresses these challenges moving forward. More information will be available following this event. Register for webinar

Low-income families often choose multifamily housing for its affordability but a new study from University of Arizona finds that they could be spending hundreds more in utility costs every year due to a lack of energy-efficient features in their buildings. Multifamily buildings offer a largely untapped opportunity for improving energy efficiency. NBI provides links and information on best practices in energy efficiency programs, organizations focused on multifamily energy efficiency and multifamily energy efficiency programs. Read more

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Getting serious about carbon emissions, EPA releases new proposal on clean power

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yesterday released its new Clean Power Plan proposal which is intended to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants--the single largest source of carbon pollution in the United States. New Buildings Institute (NBI) applauds the EPA's plan and particularly the flexibility provided for states to choose how to comply given state-specific goals to reduce carbon pollution. Under the proposed rules, states would be allowed to design a program that makes the most sense for their unique situation, choosing the right mix of generation using diverse fuels, energy efficiency and demand-side management.
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