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This ordinance requires that new residential building construction projects and building addition projects to meet specific energy performance standards. The ordinance creates energy performance standards for the areas of cooling equipment, heating equipment, duct work, windows, water heaters, and lighting. Homeowners should be provided with an owner's manual that includes information on the house's green features. The ordinance also establishes ventilation standards to limit people's exposure to contaminants. In addition, the ordinance creates a plan to divert construction, demolition, and land clearing materials from landfill disposal by requiring the waste to be salvaged, reused, or recycled.
For decades, federal energy and water efficiency standards have demonstrably saved consumers money, reduced pollution, and increased grid reliability. Recently, however, the political winds have shifted. Immediately upon taking office, the Trump Administration refused to publish in the Federal Register several efficiency standards that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) had promulgated in 2016, and has proposed budget cuts to the parts of DOE responsible for administering the appliance and equipment standards program. With the federal advancement of energy efficiency in doubt, leadership on this issue may fall to state and local actors. This white paper examines how the Energy Policy and Conversation Act (“EPCA”), and the DOE regulations promulgated thereunder, prevent states and cities from outlawing the sale or use of inefficient appliances and equipment. It surveys existing state efficiency laws that cover products beyond federal jurisdiction, and discusses several steps states can take to advance appliance and equipment efficiency in the wake of Washington’s inaction.
This is a point of sale ordinance that applies to anyone selling their home. When someone sells, their home, the ordinance requires the seller have a standardized Austin Energy audit performed on their house and the results must be disclosed to the prospective buyers. An energy audit is used for the following reasons: High electric and gas bills; Problems staying cool in the summer and warm in the winter; One room is too hot while another room is too cold; Air conditioner or furnace seems to run all the time; Indoor air quality issues, including problems with dust, mold, drafts, or asthma; Interest in renewable energy sources. In addition, having an energy assessment is the first step in reducing the environmental impact of one's home energy expenditure. Most homeowners can reduce their footprint by 20-50%, and the home assessment test is the best way to find out how.
This ordinance adopts the 2009 International Property Maintenance Code as the Property Maintenance Code for the city. The code applies to all existing residential structures and defines minimum standards for light, ventilation, space, heating, sanitation, energy conservation, protection from the elements, life safety, and safety from other hazards. Except for some exemptions, existing structures must be altered to meet the minimum standards in the code. This ordinance is one of the three 'SmartRegs' policies that passed in Boulder to improve energy efficiency requirements in rental housing. The other two ordinances are 2010 Boulder Ordinance 7725 and 2010 Boulder Ordinance 7726.
This ordinance promotes efficient energy use in rental and privately occupied residential structures in the city. It establishes minimum energy efficiency requirements based on the Home Energy Rating System index for existing structures. The Home Energy Rating System measures the energy efficiency of windows, insulation, fans, ducts, heating systems, and lighting. Property owners have until 2019 to meet the energy efficiency minimum otherwise the rental license described in 2010 Boulder Ordinance 7725 will expire. This ordinance is one of the three 'SmartRegs' policies that passed in Boulder to improve energy efficiency requirements in rental housing. The other two ordinances are 2010 Boulder Ordinance 7724 and 2010 Boulder Ordinance 7725.
This ordinance provides for the enforcement of the Property Maintenance Code by establishing a system of rental licenses for all accommodations in the city that are rented to tenants. The ordinance requires that when a licensee wishes to obtain a new license or renewal of a current license, he or she must submit an inspection report of the property concerning its compliance to the Property Maintenance Code. The inspection must be completed by a qualified-city licensed contractor. This ordinance is one of the three 'SmartRegs' policies that passed in Boulder to improve energy efficiency requirements in rental housing. The other two ordinances are 2010 Boulder Ordinance 7724 and 2010 Boulder Ordinance 7726.