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I was very excited when I heard that the exhaustive efforts of Ed Mazria and the Architecture 2030 Challenge had succeeded in setting the standards for the new Energy Codes. I was delighted that my own State was the leading State in adopting these new codes also.

Now I am working to make the codes and my work stand up to these new ideals and adding them to my everyday practices – modeling good efforts and energy usage in my own office, home and projects.

I am actively pursuing, studying and waiting for projects to begin opening up and revealing. I am a bit restless about the next ventures and when they will begin to open up and funding will become possible. Sooner would feel much better than later for me – trying to decipher how much modeling and risk I should endeavor to proceed upon and how much can be understood by just talking/teaching the material?

Already people are coming to my door selling their versions of energy efficiency and solar windows – attempting to teach me and make themselves an “efficient” quick buck. So will these door to door salesmen burn the citizen’s out of energy efficient fixes with junk bonds of cheap hope – I think we need to teach new lifestyles and affluence lessons, civics and values as without some of those lessons we will not have lasting result of beauty and future; without values we are left with baubles, trinkets and bling.

Here are the celebrations I am reading about – makes my heart flutter with possibility

June 25th Architecture 2030 newsletter – day before the vote

An outcome of Architecture 2030’s ongoing efforts to educate Congressional members on the positive impacts of updating the National Model Building Energy Code Standards to meet the 2030 Challenge targets, the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee has incorporated updating the national code standards to meet these targets into the code provisions of the Waxman-Markey Bill, titled the “American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009” (Section 201 of H.R. 2454). These provisions would, among other benefits, continue code updates to the year 2030, meeting the full extent of the 2030 targets.

Washington State has become the first state to legislatively adopt the 2030 Challenge into their building code.

On May 8, 2009, Governor Chris Gregoire signed SB 5854, which requires meeting the energy efficiency reductions of the 2030 Challenge for new construction and major renovations throughout the state.

Excitement for the “Efficiency First” bill spread rapidly early last month as it passed through the legislature and headed for the Governor’s desk. The Puget Sound Business Journal reports that, with thousands of new jobs foreseen in order to enact the new standards, the new law is a major victory not just for the environmental community, but for the business community as well.

The Energy Collective July 2, 2009

The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Friday to pass the American Clean Energy and Security Act, commonly known as the Waxman-Markey Bill. While it has yet to pass the Senate, the bill promises an unprecedented and sweeping package of climate legislation, the full ramifications of which are yet to be determined.

But will the bill actually accomplish all of its purported goals? And how? What effects, short and long-term, will the bill actually have on the U.S. economy and the current path of climate change?

I am left with the same collection of question as the Energy Collective report?
How about you? What are you thinking about the Waxman-Markey Bill and the future outcomes?

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