Hard to be Green….

August 12, 2012 at 9:14 pm Leave a comment

I know that we are all trying our best to be green, but it seems sometimes that life throws us under the bus despite our best efforts.

Our first story tonight is about the confusion that all of the ecolabels are causing in the marketplace. From the article on IMD.org (http://www.imd.org/research/challenges/sustainability-ecolabels-effectiveness-ralf-seifert-joana-comas.cfm)

” In a nutshell, ecolabels have been useful in increasing sustainability awareness and performance, but there are also credibility concerns given the proliferation and fragmentation of such labels. And indeed, by now the Ecolabel Index lists 431 ecolabels in 246 countries and across 25 industries. [1]”

This proliferation leads to little or no consistency and the consumers at large will simply throw up their hands in confusion.

Next we have bad news for homeowners because the Federal Home Finance Authority (FHFA) has proposed making the rules permanent that will most probably kill the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program.  This is a wonderful tool used by local governments to provide a method of financing for energy upgrades for homeowners that are in turn paid back through and assessment  on their yearly property taxes.

This rule would prohibit Fannie-Mae or Freddie-Mac from financing a home with a PACE loan.  Many cities have had PACE programs in place for some time and this rule will adversely affect many consumers throughout the country.

The full story is here at: Green Building Law (http://www.greenbuildinglawblog.com/2012/07/articles/pace-1/even-after-installing-extra-insulation-the-fhfa-proposed-rule-on-pace-leaves-homeowners-out-in-the-cold/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GreenBuildingLawBlog+%28Green+Building+Law+Blog%29)

Lastly we have a study out of New York warning us that the Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFL) in your desk lamp  may be harmful to your health.  The good news is that you have to be really close (less than 8 inches or 20cm) for a long time.  A very good reason to upgrade the bulb in your task lighting on your desk to that LED bulb you have been thinking about.

The full story is here at: BuildingGreen.com (http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2012/8/7/Damaged-CFLs-Could-Make-Your-Desk-a-Tanning-Bed/)

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