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The national bed bug problem plaguing facilities will be addressed by the Federal Bed Bug Workgroup in February at the bed bug summit. The summit is open to the public and will focus on areas of bed bug control and management.


The DOE has announced the first companies and industrial plants to be qualified under the Superior Energy Performance program. The energy management program is accredited by the ANSI and will serve as a guide for facilities to improve efficiency and maintain competitiveness in today’s market.


ASHRAE will be taking aim HVAC air leakage issues and topics during the AHR Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. A Practical Guide for Reducing Air Leakage in HVAC Air Systems will take place on Monday, Jan 31 with an update to Standard 90.01 – 2010 Update: How it Affects You,  on Tuesday, Feb 1st.

The EPA has released the annual enforcement and compliance figures.

Steel buildings have become popular in the industry due to affordability, durability, strength and curb appeal – use these tips to discoveri ideal steel purchasing options for facilities.


The Aspen Institute has revealed a list of 10 ways that the EPA has strengthened America over the past 40 years, commemorating the 40th anniversary of the EPA.

Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the University of Colorado, Boulder (UCB), have reported the first designed molecular system that produces two triplet states from an excited singlet state of a molecule, with essentially perfect efficiency - which could lead to a 35%  increase in light-harvesting yield in cells for photovoltaics and solar fuels.
The Johnson Controls headquarters features a prominent distinction as the largest concentration of buildings on one campus to receive LEED Platinum Certification.

The EPA and the DOT have announced the first national standards to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the fuel efficiency of trucks and buses.

The DOE will include twenty fuel cell vehicles from Mercedes-Benz as part of the Technology Validation project. 

Managing a restaurant? A new Cintas Corporation survey conducted by Harris Interactive revealed dirty dishes, unpleasant odor, and dirty restrooms as the top three reasons that a consumer would not return.


The USGBC has announced LEED Automation, a new program designed to streamline the LEED building certification process. LEED Automation utilizes LEED Online, an online tool used to submit and certify LEED projects.


The EPA has finalized rules related to capture and sequestration of carbon dioxide (CCS) technology. CCS technology enables large emitters of carbon dioxide, such as coal fired power plants, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and store the carbon dioxide utilizing geologic sequestration.


Lessons learned from the whale have inspired United States Naval Academy researchers to tackle one of the biggest challenges in ocean turbine technology: the low velocity associated with tidal flows and the difficulty of extracting useful energy from low speed flows in current designs.


Improving big box retail ventilation and indoor air quality is the goal of a new project awarded by ASHRAE and funded by a $1.5 million dollar grant from the National Institute of Science and Engineering (NIST).


The total footprint of commercial projects certified under the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Green Building Rating System has surpassed one billion square feet.


The DOE has established the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Advisory Committee (ERAC), a federal advisory committee that will report directly to the Secretary of Energy.


The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is upgrading requirements in all new federal building construction and renovation to a minimum of LEED Gold certification.


EPA fugitive Albania Deleon was arrested in the Dominican Republic 19 months after fleeing her federal sentencing hearing. Deleon was wanted by the EPA for certifying individuals as having asbestos removal training when in fact, they had never taken the required coursework.


Walmart announced that it will be expanding renewable energy efforts through utilization of lighter, low cost thin film solar technology.  Walmart plans to add solar generating systems to 20 to 30 sites in California and Arizona.

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