Irish government in row over ‘Passivhaus’ regulations

The Irish government is fighting plans by a local authority in Dublin to make the super energy-efficient passivhaus standard mandatory for new buildings. In a submission to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown county council, the Department of Environment said introducing the standard would slow the construction of new homes. Ireland’s building industry is

Indonesia Celebrates its First PEFC-Certified Forests

Two major pulp and paper companies in Indonesia — Asia Pacific Resources International, or APRIL, and Asia Pulp & Paper, or APP — have become the first in the country to achieve IFCC sustainable forest management certification. IFCC, the Indonesian Forestry Certification Cooperation, is the national PEFC-endorsed forest certification system