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While roofs across the world sport photovoltaic solar panels to convert sunlight into electricity, a Duke University engineer believes a novel hybrid system can wring even more useful energy out of the sun's rays.

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced that the Department of Energy finalized a $967 million loan guarantee to Agua Caliente Solar, LLC. 
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.

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.


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.


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?


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

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

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.



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



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


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.


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.


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.  

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

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.
Residents of Boston will be seeing the city in a new, brighter light thanks to new light-emitting diode (LED) street lighting.

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.

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.

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.

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