first_imgSubmitted by The Thurston County FairIf it’s floral design, photography, or other home arts hobbies that inspire you, then we have an open class home arts competition that’s sure to be fun for you and for the whole herd!There are dozens of different categories for home arts enthusiasts, artists and crafters of all ages and abilities. Entries for many of this year’s open class contests are due during the week before the fair opens on Wednesday, July 30:Open Class Home Arts: Monday, July 21 from 3–7 p.m. Let your spectacular sewing, needle art and fiber art do the talking in dozens of home arts contests. Don’t forget about this year’s Quilt Block Contest—pick up your quilt block kit from Gee Gee’s Quilting Inc. in Yelm. Bring in your finished quilt block for a chance to win prizes and to have your quilt block selected to be part of next year’s quilt raffle. Check the 2014 Exhibitor’s Guide for a complete list of categories and requirements. Open Class Floral: Monday, July 28 from 4–8 p.m. From asters to zinnias and everything in between, there are dozens of floral contests for cut flowers, herbs, trees and shrubs, bulbs, container gardens—the list is nearly endless. Check the 2014 Exhibitor’s Guide for a complete list of categories. Open Class Photography: Friday, July 25 from 3–7 p.m. and Saturday, July 26 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Whether you prefer landscapes or portraits, people or animals, black and white or full color, there’s an open class photography contest that has you framed perfectly. Check the 2014 Exhibitor’s Guide for a complete list of categories and requirements. Open Class Hobbies and Crafts: Saturday, July 26 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Quality and craftsmanship are alive and well in workshops and craft rooms throughout Thurston County. Enter your woodworking, jewelry, ceramics, dolls, models, and countless other handicrafts in dozens of hobby and craft contests. Check the 2014 Exhibitor’s Guide for a complete list of categories and requirements.All of the information and details you need to compete in open class home arts contests and hundreds of other open class and club contests are included in the 2014 Exhibitor’s Guide. The guide also includes information on entry forms, camping, and this year’s calendar of events from July 30 through August 3. Download the complete 2014 Exhibitor’s Guide at more information on the 2014 Thurston County Fair Exhibitor’s Guide, contest entry forms or other fair activities, contact the Thurston County Fair Office at (360) 786-5453 or visit “Fun for the Whole Herd at the Thurston County Fair!”  July 30 – Aug. 3center_img Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Open Class Art: Saturday, July 26 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and Sunday, July 27 from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. There’s a contest for every age and almost every medium. Bring your paintings, sketches and drawings, miniatures and sculptures ready for display. Check the 2014 Exhibitor’s Guide for a complete list of categories and requirements.last_img read more

first_imgThe annual Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC) raceday is on at Caymanas Park, a 12-race programme featuring the BGLC Trophy, open allowance race, 1100 metres, to be contested by 11 starters.Offering a total purse of $1 million, it promises to be a hotly contested sprint, featuring fleet-footed horses such as TALENTED TONY K, FORTUNONEHUNDRED, TOOTING CAT, RIO COBRE and TRADITIONAL PRINCE.TALENTED TONY K disappointed, as the 3-5 favourite, over the straight, July 4, finishing eight lengths fourth to TRADITIONAL PRINCE and RIO COBRE.Despite the strong support that day, ‘TONY K’ was hampered by a poor draw on the far side and was asked to carry topweight 57.0k as well.TONYKSHOULDPROVEFASTEST OFALLNow eased in the scales and trainer Lorne Kirlew securing the services of former champion jockey Wesley ‘Callaloo’ Henry, TALENTED TONY K should prove the fastest of all.The four-year-old colt, who won the 2000 Guineas and Lotto Classic in 2014, reports in good nick. Kirlew has confirmed that all is right with the bay colt by Traditional out of Ocean Liner. He should display superior speed into the straight with FORTUNEONEHUNDRED, TOOTING KAT and RIO COBRE giving chase.TRADITIONAL PRINCE AND FORTUNEONEHURDRED both carry topweight of 57.0kg, effectively making it tough for both.TALENTED TONY K should have most to fear from RIO COBRE, by virtue of his short head second to TRADITIONAL PRINCE on July 4. He carries a mere 49.0kg and, at these weights, looks the principal danger to TALENTED TONY K.RUNNER RUUNER is fancied in the second race, UNBREAKABLE to repeat in the third, MEET JUSTIN in the sixth, TECHNOCAT in the eighth and RUM PUNCH in the Emancipation Day Trophy over 1300 metres (race seven).last_img read more

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Cortez scored nine points for the Lifesavers as she took most of the playing time from import Darlene Ramdin. Ramdin finished with six points.But the Tigresses managed to put up a decent fight, especially in the last set when veteran Dimdim Pacres, who finished with 10 markers, kept UST in the match.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Chloe Cortez found herself in a bittersweet moment as the former Tigress delivered the killer blows against UST, which is still winless in five matches.“It was exciting to see my former teammates on the opposite side of the court,” said Cortez. “I’d like to see how they have improved from when I was still playing for the school.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneThe Tigresses are looking to sharpen their form for the coming UAAP season, hoping to duplicate their Final Four finish last time around.The Lifesavers gamely gave them a much-needed schooling, out-attacking the Tigresses, 40-30. They also stymied their offense with six blocks—two of them coming from Cortez.center_img Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Japan eyes payback vs Gilas Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Generika-Ayala trounced Victoria Sports-UST, 25-16, 25-19, 25-23, Tuesday night for its third win in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Filoil Flying V Centre.Import Katarina Pilepec banged in 22 points for the Lifesavers, who are in the middle of the road at 3-4.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

first_img– Odeen Ishmael, Rudy Insanally among others earmarked for membershipBY: Devina SamarooDistinguished Guyanese Diplomats Dr Odeen Ishmael and Dr Rudy Insanally are among those being considered to be a part of the soon-to-be established broad-based agency to deal with the country’s border matters.State Minister Joseph Harmon on Thursday at the post-cabinet press briefing announced that a decision was taken to set up the body of experts after a proposal was made by Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge.Dr Rudy InsanallyThe National Border Institute will provide advice and ideas on border related matters, and will also serve as a research organisation aimed at solving complex problems and crafting plans for future developments.“(The Institute) will enable research to ensure the maintenance of Guyana’s territorial integrity as well as to discuss issues relating to our air space and continental shelf… This is a very important matter because the border institute is the repository of all documents, maps, charts and so on that has to do with the territorial integrity issues,” Harmon explained.Some of these territorial issues include the Guyana/Venezuela border controversy and the Guyana/Suriname border dispute.The National Border Institute will be a semi-autonomous body governed by a board of directors and will initially be chaired by the Foreign Affairs Minister.Members of the board will be selected from relevant stakeholder organisations such as the Attorney General Chambers, GDF, National Archives, University of Guyana, Guyana Civil Aviation Authority, Guyana Lands and Surveys, and the Maritime Administration Department, following extensive consultations.“All Guyanese who have some input to make, we will look forward to that,” the State Minister expressed.The minister noted that government will move to the National Assembly to seek approval of expenditure to establish the organisation, however he could not disclose an estimated figure on the undertaking.Dr Odeen IshmaelMeanwhile, Dr Ishmael is most notable for his service as Guyana’s Ambassador to Venezuela and Dr Insanally for his role as Foreign Affairs Minister of Guyana.Dr Ishmael retired from the diplomatic service in June 2014 after last serving as Guyana’s Ambassador to Kuwait.He also served as ambassador to the United States and Qatar as well as Permanent Representative to the Organisation of American States (OAS).Dr Insanally has been Guyana’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations since 1987.He was also Counsellor to Guyana’s Embassy to the United States and Guyana’s Charge D’affaires and subsequently Ambassador in Venezuela.Both individuals have developed respected careers in the Foreign Service.last_img read more

first_imgMessages of congratulations were read out from MP Jay Hill, MLA Blair Lekstrom, and from the McNaught Homestead Preservation Society and Beaverlodge and Area Cultural Society. To complete the festivities, Mark Wilfur of Talisman Energy was on hand to present a much appreciated cheque to the Museum Foundation for its ongoing palaeontology projects, the development of the new Dinosaur Discovery Gallery, and its educational programs. An enthusiastic crowd of 150 gathered for the long-anticipated opening of new museum exhibits in the Tumbler Ridge Community Centre on Thursday November 26th at noon. The exhibits, developed by the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation, were funded by the Women, Seniors and Elders Project of the BC150 celebrations, in partnership with the BC Museums Association and the District of Tumbler Ridge.One exhibit celebrates the remarkable art of Euphemia “Betty” McNaught, likely the most famous artist the Peace Region has produced. Reproductions of twenty four of her pioneering paintings in British Columbia grace one well-lit wall, along with text paneles and photographs of her from childhood to her later years. Betty McNaught lived to be 100, and her art spanned almost the whole twentieth century; she trained in Ontario where her style was influenced by members of the Group of Seven, and settled in Beaverlodge, where she became an inspiration and living legend.The second celebrates Janet Hartford, the esteemed “Matriarch of Tumbler Ridge”, who has done so much for the community since its inception 27 years ago. In addition to the unveiling of text panels and photographs that detail her remarkable life and volunteerism, a specially commissioned painting of Janet by renowned local artist Joan Zimmer was unveiled by Mayor-Elect Larry White. One of Janet and her husband George’s most cherished contributions to Tumbler Ridge was the creation of the Indoor Playground, so it was most appropriate that this magnificent portrait of Janet directly overlooks this forever busy destination for kids in town.- Advertisement -The joyous ceremony began with a remarkable unveiling by another immensely talented Tumbler Ridge artist, Rita Henderson. “Ancient pathways – The Hunters” (oil on wood) is an 8’ x 4’ mural depicting a First Nations mountain scene in the Tumbler Ridge area from 5000 years ago. This superb work of art completes another Museum Foundation exhibit in the Community Centre, also funded by BC150. Lunch followed, with those present enthralled by the art and exhibits on display, and appreciative of the opportunity to partake in the recognition of such special people. Thanks to the support of BC150, five permanent exhibits have been created in the Tumbler Ridge Community centre, and together these enhancements provide a unique celebration of heritage for residents and visitors alike.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgALLIANZ GAA FINALS: The first of the county finals take place this Thurs. 19th April in Burt at 2.30pm when the Roinn 1 finals will take place. Scoil Iosagain, Buncrana will take on the holders Lurgybrack in the girls game. The boys final will see St. Mary’s, Stranorlar try to overcome the challenge of Gaelscoil, Leitir Ceanainn who will be wanting to hold on to their title.Roinn 1 Stranorlar v Gaelscoil, Leitir Ceanainn (Boys) – Thurs. April 19th in Burt @ 2.30pmRoinn 1 Scoil Iosagain, Buncrana v Lurgybrack (Girls) – Thurs. April 19th in Burt @ 2.30pm Roinn 2 Tooban v Creevy/Killymard (Boys)Roinn 2 Scoil Eoin, Moville v Scoil Aodh Rua & Nuala/St. McCartonsRoinn 3 Kilmacrennan NS v Dooish/SW winners (Boys)Roinn 3 Kilmacrennan NS v Castlefin/SW winners (Girls) Roinn 4 Annagry/Drumkeen/Downings v Inishowen/South winners (Boys)Roinn 4 St Baithins/Carrick/Derrybeg v Inishwoen/South winners (Girls)Roinn 5 (Blitz final) Coimín/Belcruit/Leitir/Mín Tíne Dé/Pettigo/1 other (Boys)- Fri. May 4th in Glenfin @ 10.30amRoinn 5 (Blitz final) Stramore/Ranafast/Mín Tíne Dé/Drimnacross/Pettigo/1 other (Girls)- Fri. May 4th in Glenfin @ 10.30am*County GAA finals will be held week beginning April 23rd. Teachers are kindly asked to ensure that all their games are played on time and results sent to Mel O’Donnell (PRO) to * Any schools who won county titles last year are asked to give the shields to their Divisional Rep or leave them in Donegal Sports ASAP for collection.ROUNDERS: The finals of the rounders competitions (large & small schools) are fixed for 12th May 2012.MINI 7s: The divisional trials will be held in each division in April. Schools who wish to send children (1boy and 1 girl per school) forward for the Mini 7s should contact their divisional rep. Schools are kindly asked not to nominate any child who has previously been sent forward for trials.WEBSITE: The board have recently launched a new website. The address is SCHOOLS GAA: ALLIANZ FINALS was last modified: April 17th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgMoutinho whips in a cross, Doherty skims it and Boly basically PUNCHES it in you couldn’t make it up. Deffo off his hand who cares— Tim Spiers (@tim_spiers_Star) August 25, 2018 1 HAND OF WILLY— Cameron (@JorginhoVision) August 25, 2018 Hand of god #WOLMCI— James K (@jameskthedj) August 25, 2018 no dice Wolves ahead – Boly with the final touch from Moutinho’s cross but looked to come off his hand. Molineux in ecstasy.— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) August 25, 2018 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Despite not connecting with his low diving header, Boly still scored with his arm/hand England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won smart causal silverware GOOOOOOOOOOAL WOLVES!!! WILLY BOLY SCORES WITH HIS HAND. WOW. 1-0.— FutbolBible (@FutbolBible) August 25, 2018 Was that hand boly ? #WOLMCI 👋🏼— Grizz (@GrizzKhan) August 25, 2018 Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Willy boly with the absolute game of his life. Hand of god— Baldo (@c_baldo13) August 25, 2018center_img ALTERED possible standings Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED huge blow Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won However, Boly’s goal didn’t come without controversy, as replays showed that the ball quite clearly bounced in off his arm/hand.Fans reacted with a mixture of anger, frustration and outright hilarity.You can read the best responses from social media below. Latest Prem REVEALED Willy Boly bagged against the odds to put newly promoted Wolves in front against champions Manchester City on Saturday.Joao Moutinho produced a sensational cross, allowing the French defender to finish from close range, giving his side a second-half lead. shining gameday last_img read more

first_imgHappier times: Charlie and PadraigTHEY’RE from the same peninsula in Co Donegal but there was no love lost today as Sinn Fein TD Padraig MacLochlainn and Fianna Fail Deputy Charlie McConalogue clashed over disabled people’s rights.Speaking during a Fianna Fáil motion on disability funding and services, Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn called the motion “yet another example of that party’s unashamed brass neck.”Earlier TD Charlie had issued a long statement calling on the Government to have a heart over funding. But MacLochlainn said: “With this motion, Fianna Fail are attempting to reinvent themselves as advocates for those with disabilities but when you tease out the text, it actually says very little, aside from their stunning realisation that it is, and I quote, ‘unfair and unjust to cut services for people with disabilities’.“If they had any shame at all they would have included a line apologising for the harm they inflicted upon people with disabilities and their families down through the years.“When Fianna Fáil were in government they cut the Disability Allowance, the Carer’s Allowance and Carer’s Benefit, and the Blind Person’s Allowance not once but twice.“Of course, the removal of the Christmas double payments also heavily impacted on the disabled and their families and carers. All of this meant that Fianna Fáil cut the income of disabled people and their carers by 10% over two budgets. “We believe there must be a threshold of decency when it comes to protecting funding for those with disabilities. The Government must halt reductions in the basic standard of living of people with disabilities requiring welfare supports.“Funding must be guaranteed to the services needed by people with disabilities. Cutting the services required by people with disabilities not only undermines their lives, it also leads to a growing public expenditure in terms of hospital stays and expensive care costs.“Furthermore it is a matter of urgency that the government publish an ambitious Implementation Plan for the National Disability Strategy in keeping with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, where people have dignity, individual autonomy and full and effective participation in Irish society.”You can see what Deputy McConalogue said earlier here on Donegal Daily INISHOWEN TDs AT WAR! MacLOCHLAINN SAYS McCONALOGUE HAS ‘BRASS NECK’ OVER DISABILITY FUNDING was last modified: December 4th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:deputy charlie mcconalogueDONEGAL Deputy Padraig MacLochlainndonegaldaily.comINISHOWEN TDs AT WAR! MacLOCHLAINN SAYS McCONALOGUE HAS ‘BRASS NECK’ OVER DISABILITY FUNDINGlast_img read more

first_imgAn Irish bishop claimed that people who voted Yes in the Eighth Amendment Referendum have sinned and should go to confession.Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran says people who voted Yes “knowing and intending that abortion would be the outcome” should consider attending confession.Ireland voted to repeal the Eight Amendment by an overwhelming 2-1 majority with Donegal being the only county to reject the referendum. However, Bishop Doran, whose diocese is in Co Roscommon who voted in favour of the latest change to the Constitution by 57.2 to 42.8 per cent, suggested that voting Yes was a decision that “impacted on a relationship with God.”He told Sean O’Rourke on RTE Radio 1: “As they often say, every person’s vote counts therefore every person’s vote has both a moral and political significance.“The first thing I would say is that the Catholic Church is a family and nobody ever gets struck off.“What I would say to a Catholic who voted Yes is this: ‘If you voted Yes, knowing and intending that abortion would be the outcome, then you should consider coming to confession where you would be received with the same compassion that is shown to any other penitent (person).’ “And confession is of course absolutely between the priest and the penitent. All sins are decisions that impact on our relationship with God.”When asked if he believed voting Yes was a sin, he replied: “If they knew and intended abortion, yes I think so.”Asked whether a person who voted Yes should be allowed receive communion at the altar, he added: “I think that’s a matter for their personal conscience because I obviously can’t see into someone’s heart or soul if they go up to the altar.“In my 40 years serving as a priest I have never turned anyone away from the altar because the presumption that when people come up to the altar is that they come up in good faith.“I also believe this is about people to take personal responsibility for their own relationship with God and their own relationship with the Church.” The final tally showed the referendum was backed by two thirds of voters – with 66.4 per cent going for Yes and 33.6 per cent for No.In total, 1,429,981 were in favour as opposed to 723,672 who were against.Commenting on the huge vote in favour of repealing the Eight Amendment, Bishop Doran said: “The result was obviously quite clear cut and personally I’m surprised by the extent of it.“I was conscious that there seemed to be a kind of a silent vote, we didn’t know which way it was going to go. “Considering that the proposals of the Government were clearly on the table, I do find it surprising that the majority of people voted for this.Bishop says yes voters have sinned and need to go to confession was last modified: May 28th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgLauren Urbanek is a senior energy policy advocate in the energy and transportation program of the Natural Resources Defense Council. This post appeared on Oct. 17 at the NRDC’s Expert Blog website. RELATED ARTICLES What’s possible?The DOE report based its savings projections on the Technological Roadmap reports produced by its Building Technologies Office (BTO) for various products. BTO researches progress and market trends and the office’s work helps to predict when different technologies are expected to be widely adopted. Using this information, DOE looked at projected technological advances in different end uses, and estimates that there should be about a 4% to 5% increase in stringency per code cycle for both the residential and commercial codes. This is a relatively cautious estimate of what is possible.While DOE found that the 2015 residential IECC model building energy code saved only about 1% relative to the 2012 version (excluding the Energy Rating Index compliance path, which was new in 2015), the 2012 version saved 24% relative to the 2009 code, and the 2009 code saved 11% relative to the 2006 code.DOE also considered that different jurisdictions adopt the code at different times. While some states, like Maryland and Massachusetts, are statutorily obligated to adopt the most recent version of the code within a set timeframe (generally within a year of publication), other states have a lag time between model code development and local adoption. For analysis purposes, DOE assumed either a 1-year or a 7-year delay for these states. This is a very realistic assumption and is accounted for in the immense savings I noted earlier.Adoption of building codes as of October 2016 (Source: Building Codes Assistance Project)Savings levels aren’t just about how quickly states adopt the code, though — they also depend on how well builders comply with it. DOE found that the earliest adopters of the latest model building code often don’t fully realize the code’s potential savings right away. This makes sense — often, new building codes include cutting-edge construction practices, which may take some time for builders to learn and put into practice.DOE accounted for this by assuming a conservative 80% realization rate for the first year of savings after a state adopts the code. But it doesn’t take long for builders to get up to speed. A DOE field study found that states realized more than 100% of expected savings for codes that had been adopted at least two years after they had been published — meaning that builders complied with the code, and even exceeded the code requirements. If there was a 100% realization rate in the first year, DOE estimated that codes would save consumers an additional $25 billion dollars and avoid another 187 million metric tons of carbon pollution emissions — a more than 20% increase. The projected energy savings from such code adoption are huge — nearly 13 quads (quadrillion BTUs). This is on par with the energy savings expected from the equipment efficiency standard adopted last year for commercial rooftop air conditioners, the largest single standard ever. Building codes may not be at the top of most consumers’ minds, but nonetheless, they save homeowners and business owners real money and energy. An Encouraging Study on Energy Code ComplianceCould a Bare-Bones Energy Code Work?New Energy Code Helps Inform Home BuyersGet Ready for a New Energy CodeAn Overview of the 2012 Energy CodeAre Energy Codes Working?Are We Really Better Off With Building Codes?center_img By LAUREN URBANEKHow much energy do building codes save over time? That’s the question that a new report released last week from the Department of Energy (DOE) aims to answer — and the answers show the results can be mammoth, both in terms of consumers’ utility bill savings and avoided carbon emissions.The study underscores the importance of building codes for the nation’s energy and climate goals, by examining the national consequences of energy codes from 2010 to 2040. I’ve talked about the importance of developing strong model building codes in previous blog posts. But jurisdictions have to actually adopt those strong codes to realize the energy and carbon pollution savings.The DOE found that, taking into account the fact that states adopt the model building codes at varying rates, energy codes with modest updates over the years could save consumers $126 billion on their utility bills from 2010 to 2040. This equates to a carbon pollution reduction of 841 million metric tons, equivalent to the greenhouse gases emitted by 177 million passenger vehicles driven for one year or the carbon dioxide emissions from 245 coal power plants for one year. So where do we go from here?As code officials, builders, efficiency advocates, and other interested parties gear up to gather in Kansas City, there’s a lot at stake. There are quite literally hundreds of proposals that will be heard that could make the code either more or less efficient.The first step to achieve the important savings outlined in the DOE report is to have a model 2018 code that is more efficient than the 2015 code, and that’s what NRDC will be advocating. Local code officials are critical partners in fully realizing the energy, dollar, and climate pollution savings potential of strong building energy codes — this is a space where every vote really does count! And as we look to implementation of the code, we’ll be pushing states to adopt the code sooner, and for builders and building officials to be well-trained in order to maximize code savings as soon as possible.Saving energy when a building is constructed is cheaper, easier, and more effective than trying to retrofit it later. And that’s just one reason why strong building energy codes are a crucial part of our clean energy future. A timely reportPaying attention to the high value of strong energy codes is especially at this time of year, because the International Code Council recently held its annual conference and public comment hearings in Kansas City. This is the next step in the development of the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). The IECC is the model energy code recognized by the Department of Energy and cited in federal law, which is updated every three years through a stakeholder process. It’s then up to local jurisdictions to adopt and enforce the codes.At the public comment hearings, building officials will vote to determine which proposals will be included in the final online voting ballot. The online voting process will then decide the proposals that will be incorporated into the final 2018 energy code.Local building officials have a lot of power in this process — and they should use it! We urge code officials to get out the vote, in Kansas City if possible, but certainly through the online voting process (which will open online in early November). Information about how to vote, and which proposals will strengthen or weaken the code can be found on the Energy Efficient Codes Coalition website, which will be updated after the public comment hearings with a final voting guide. Building officials have the power to ensure that the code keeps saving energy for years to come.last_img read more