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08/08/2011
The American Federation of Government Employees National Council #238 of EPA Locals today launched its "Save the Environment—Save the EPA" campaign to bring attention to the dangerous impacts the draconian budget cuts proposed by Congress would have on the ability of the EPA to protect our nation's human health and the environment.
08/08/2011

The True Cost of Solar Power: The Pressure's On, the latest global solar supply-chain cost study by PHOTON Consulting found that While PV module manufacturers have made considerable progress driving down the cost of solar in the U.S., decreases in installer non-module costs have not kept pace.

08/08/2011

Researchers from a team funded by the National Science Foundation have examined some of last spring’s massive tornado damage and conclude in a new report that more intensive engineering design and more rigorous, localized construction and inspection standards are needed to reduce property damage and loss of life.

08/05/2011

First impressions are everything, especially for prospective and current tenants. The first thing people notice is the overall scenery of a potential new location. Are you doing everything you can to make sure their first impression of your building is a positive, lasting one?

08/04/2011

The DOE announced the next step of its comprehensive website reform, making Energy.gov a cutting-edge, interactive information platform and saving taxpayers more than $10 million annually.

08/04/2011
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing a rule to advance the use of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technologies
08/03/2011

Repairing cracked or spalled concrete in commercial buildings seems like an obvious solution to keep ownership costs down. But if the underlying damage is severe, it may be cheaper over the long term to tear everything down and rebuild.

 

08/03/2011

A new research grant from ASHRAE will provide funding for research to significantly advance High-tech HVAC&R.

08/02/2011

 

Energy efficient heating and cooling options have acquired vast interest in the recent years, but scientists in China may have found the ultimate solution.

08/01/2011

President Obama has announced a historic fuel efficiency standard that will affect approximately 90% of all vehicles sold in the United States.  Thirteen major automakers will work to increase fuel economy to 54.5 miles per gallon for cars and light duty trucks by Model Year 2025.

07/29/2011

The AIA has released growth forecasts for 2011-2012, with predicting a decline in nonresidential construction spending for 2011 with improvement expected in 2012.  With the costs of key building materials increasing, the design and construction industry has yet to see a recovery.

07/28/2011

As the quantity and availability of Smart Grid/Smart Meter news and information continues to increase, a new national energy study says there is good and bad news when it comes to consumer awareness and support of the technologies.  

07/27/2011
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star program announced the top contenders at the midpoint of the 2011 National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings
07/27/2011

Violence in the home can lead to violence in offices, facilities, and workspaces. Employees are at risk for facing workplace violence where they, or their co-workers, are experiencing domestic violence situations.
07/26/2011
Residents of Boston will be seeing the city in a new, brighter light thanks to new light-emitting diode (LED) street lighting.
07/26/2011

The California School Boards Association, a non-profit organization representing nearly 1,000 school districts and county offices of education throughout California, has launched its newest district services program, Solar Schools, to support school districts in developing efficient solar projects at their schools.

07/26/2011
While the importance of building energy performance metrics to reduce energy use is accepted worldwide, there is no single generally accepted definition of that metric. Currently, proposed relative energy use reduction targets are subject to interpretation and difficult to verify.
07/25/2011

According to a new study from the economic consultancy AECOM, simpler solar permitting processes could generate over $5 billion in additional growth for California, an increase in nearly 20 percent.

07/25/2011

 Building on a long-established working relationship, ASHRAE and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently signed an updated memorandum of understanding, committing to further improve efficient use of energy.

07/21/2011

Runway noise from airports is little more than a nuisance to most, but not to theoretical physicist Surajit Sen.

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