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Sierra Club, Green Building Council launch Cool Cities project

MILWAUKEE- Wisconsin Green Building Alliance and Sierra Club’s Cool Cities
program on Monday announced the launch of the Green Building for Cool Cities collaboration.

The partnership will leverage Cool Cities’ more than 200 local campaigns and USGBC’s national network of 78 chapters to encourage new and energy-efficient buildings.

The organizations released a step-by-step green building policy guide for communities of all
sizes. The recommended policies range from basic to more advanced plans of action to address
energy-efficiency and environmental sustainability through the built environment.

Highlighted policies include leadership standards for government buildings that serve as models for the community, financial and no-cost incentives to build green for the commercial and residential sectors, and improved minimum efficiency standards through energy code adoption and enforcement, a press release said.

VIEW THE GREEN BUILDING FOR COOL CITIES POLICY GUIDE

Communities whose policies are mentioned in the policy guide as models include both small and large cities and several counties. Milwaukee is mentioned under the category of Cost Effective Home Energy Efficiency Financing for the Milwaukee Energy Efficiency Program, which is included for start-up funding, in Milwaukee’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant application. The Milwaukee Energy Efficiency (Me2) program offers financing of home energy retrofits for building owners and occupants with immediate savings and no upfront costs.

Examples of Green Building policies in Wisconsin, similar to those in the report, include:

* Madison-Requires new or substantially renovated City-owned buildings to be certified as green buildings at the silver level under the LEED© (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standard.

* Wisconsin-Green building standards will be required as of Jan. 1, 2010, for state facility
projects that cost $5 million or more. Gov. Jim Doyle’s Executive Order 145 committed
Wisconsin to adopt Sustainable Facility Guidelines based on US Green Building
Council’s LEED-EB Green Building Rating System, and implement sustainable practices
in the facilities it owns and leases.

The Wisconsin State Building Commission has already begun utilizing the guidelines. The new
academic building at UW-Oshkosh, designed to incorporate renewable energy sources and
sustainable principals to meet a gold LEED rating, is expected to save the University more than
$182,000 annually, according to the release.

Energy design elements include:

* Roof-top solar collectors will provide 70 percent of domestic hot water demand.

* Radiant concrete slab flooring for heating and cooling — the first of its kind in the
Wisconsin.

* Day-lighting of more than 90 percent of regularly occupied spaces, reducing electric
energy for lighting by more than one-third.

* Heat recovery system that exchanges the heat of warm exhausted air with the fresh air intake.

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