Policies & Programs

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Whether it’s regulatory pressure or voluntary incentives, there are many external forces that affect green building practices. Here we collect info on everything from local codes to award programs to the internal policies of the federal government.

Policies & Programs

Deep Dives

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  • Innovative Products and Technology from the Greenbuild Expo

    Feature Article

    Our product editors pick some winners from the expo floor at Greenbuild 2013 while raising questions about some materials.

  • Energy Reporting: It's the Law

    Feature Article

    As building owners comply with new laws to report energy use, the data may change the industry-and the act of reporting it already has.

  • Ten Strategies for Growth in a Recession

    Feature Article

    The economic collapse hit small and mid-sized design firms hard, but many with a green focus have adapted. We asked them to share their stories.

  • Water Policies: Encouraging Conservation

    Feature Article

    Conserving water goes beyond building design and technology. Water use is governed by federal, state, and local policies, from maximum flow requirements to pricing structures that encourage or discourage conservation.

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  • Full Line of Residential LED Lighting Arrives

    Product Review

    In June 2006, Permlight Products, Inc., and Progress Lighting announced the introduction of a complete line of LED residential lighting products. To be sold as the HI-EF line, the licensing of Permlight's Enbryten Down line promises high-efficacy luminaires that meet strict California energy standards.

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