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In Aspen, according to the Aspen Times, city officials say that building codes already require commercial buildings be 30 per cent more efficient than the average homes. If adopted, the 2030 Challenge will require efficiency of 50 per cent more.

The 2030 Challenge program suggests that commercial buildings and large residential complexes hand over utility bills each month for five years to prove they are as efficient as promised.

 

Photovoltaic cells encouraged

ASPEN, Colo. – As Aspen continues to dampen the total impact of its often-empty mansions, one new suggestion is that owners be encouraged to install photovoltaic systems.

Currently, many owners of large homes with outdoor pools, hot tubs, and driveway melting systems have installed solar hot water systems. Such systems work efficiently, but the drawback is that they are of little use when the houses are vacant, as the hot water cannot be exported.

Photovoltaic systems, in contrast, could continue to produce electricity for the broader public even when the homes are vacant, explains The Aspen Times. The newspaper reports that city building officials are suggesting a carrot program to complement the current bag of sticks, but city officials have made no decision.

 

Edna Dercum dies at age of 94

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. – Edna Dercum, a key figure in the post-World War II boom in recreational skiing in Summit County, has died at the age of 94.

Her husband, Max Dercum, who survives her, was also important in developing Arapahoe Basin, which opened in 1946, and of Keystone Resort, which opened in 1973. Together, they operated the Ski Tip Lodge for about five decades.

“Edna fully embodied all that we love about the sport of skiing,” said the Summit Daily News. “Husband Max gets a lot of credit for getting the lifts rolling at Arapahoe Basin in that first season in 1946, but he’ll be the first to tell you he couldn’t have done it without Edna by his side.”

She grew up in Minneapolis, then in Pennsylvania, where she joined a fledging ski club assembled by a forestry professor, Max Dercum. She took up his love of skiing, and a romance blossomed.

Max’s dream of developing a ski mountain in the West took them to Colorado in 1942. When World War II ended, Max and four partners developed Arapahoe Basin. Lift tickets cost $1.25, notes the Vail Daily. Max Dercum was also an integral figure in the startup of Keystone.