Industry News

02/10/2011

A new record for attendance was achieved at the Las Vegas 2011 AHR Expo with over 34,000 attendees, 20,000 exhibiting personnel, and 1938 exhibiting companies.


02/09/2011
Hydraulic fracturing is a process in which large volumes of water, sand, and chemicals are injected at high pressure to extract oil and natural gas from underground rock formations, and it’s currently under review.
02/08/2011

The DOE has announced plans to leverage oil and gas expertise to test reliability and efficiency of geothermal power generation at oil and gas fields under the Geothermal Technologies Program (GTP).


02/08/2011

Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar have announced more than $50.5 million for projects seeking to develop major offshore wind initiatives for rapid and responsible deployment.


02/08/2011

The EPA is recognizing four communities that have made efforts to reduce air pollution and improve health for through implementation of sustainable goals. 


02/07/2011

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced details of the DOE’s SunShot initiative, a plan designed to reduce the costs of photovoltaic solar energy systems by about 75%.  This initiative could have solar energy achieve cost competiveness with other forms of energy.


02/04/2011

The EPA has announced the formation of Sustainable Communities Building Blocks, a program designed to help communities adopt sustainable planning methods.  Interested communities are invited to apply for technical assistance; the application period begins on February 3 and ends February 23, 2011.


02/04/2011

The DOE has announced a loan guarantee of up to $967 million for the Agua Caliente Solar project in Yuma County, AZ.  The Agua Caliente project will create approximately 400 jobs and produce a 290-megawatt photovoltaic solar generating facility, utilizing thin film panels from First Solar, Inc.


02/04/2011

ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2010, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, was published in November 2010. 


02/03/2011

RTKL has completed participation in a year-long working committee known as the Hospitality Adaptations Working Group, facilitated by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) that was charged with developing sustainable design guidelines for hospitality facilities. 


02/02/2011

The EPA is proposing to retain the current national air quality standards for carbon monoxide (CO), while taking additional steps to monitor and gather data.


02/02/2011

February 2011 has been designated as National Care About Your Indoor Air Month. Poor IAQ has improved in North America over the past few decades but it is still a significant problem in homes, schools, offices, and medical facilities.


02/01/2011
Vice President Biden took the “White House to Main Street Tour” to Greenfield, Indiana, and visited manufacturer Ener1, Inc, with the plan of bringing one million advanced energy vehicles to U.S. roads by 2015. 
01/31/2011

Princeton University engineers have developed an air laser sensing technology that can potentially be used to detect bombs at a distance and measure airborne pollutants and greenhouse gasses.


01/28/2011

ASHRAE is rolling out a new book, Green Tips for Data Centers, to assist building operators and facility managers in optimizing energy efficiency in existing datacom facilities.


01/28/2011

A study coauthored by Standford researcher Mark Z. Jacobson states that the world could be powered by today’s existing alternative energy solutions within the next 20 to 40 years, with societal and political support.


01/27/2011

ASHRAE’s Duct Fitting Database (DFDB) desktop application has become more flexible as a smart phone app, allowing for engineers to make calculations in the field and get results they need quickly.


01/26/2011
New York University has announced the completion of a natural gas-fired Co-Generation (CoGen) plant, which will decrease greenhouse gas emissions by 23% and air pollutants by 68% when compared to the previous oil-fired CoGen.
01/26/2011

The AIA has released figures detailing a slow recovery for the nonresidential construction industry, predicting no increase in spending until late in 2011.  In fact, nonresidential construction spending is expected to take a 2% dip, with recovery and increases coming in 2012.


01/26/2011

The Propane Education and Research Council (PERC) will be making its exhibiting debut at the International Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration (AHR) Expo, January 31 through February 2 in Las Vegas, NV.


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