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04/21/2011

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Committee on the Environment (COTE) have selected the Top Ten Green Projects of 2011, examples of sustainable architecture and green design excellence.   These projects will be recognized at the AIA 2011 National Convention and Design Exposition in New Orleans.

04/20/2011

The EPA has released its FY2010 scorecard on sustainability and energy performance, revealing that it has met or exceeded all federal goals to decrease energy use per square foot; reduce potable water use per square foot; lessen fleet petroleum use; establish inventories of direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions; incorporate sustainable building practices; and increase renewable energy use.

04/19/2011

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced an offer of conditional commitment for a $2.1 billion loan guarantee to support Units 1 and 2 of the Blythe Solar Power Project, sponsored by Solar Trust of America, LLC.  This California solar thermal power plant will be built adjacent to the City of Blythe in Riverside County, California and is expected to create over 1,000 construction jobs and approximately 80 operations jobs.

04/18/2011

An ASHRAE project grant is funding the development of a net zero energy design toolkit designed to help facilitate the understanding of building construction impacts and net zero energy targets.

04/18/2011
The EPA has proposed stronger standards that would require facilities that produce polyvinyl chloride (PVC) to reduce emissions of harmful toxics, with the goal of improving air quality and protecting community health.
04/15/2011

The USGBC has introduced its latest green building rating system, LEED for Healthcare.  Debuting at the CleanMed conference, the rating system is intended to guide the design and construction of new buildings and major renovations.

04/15/2011

The USDA and DOE have joined forces to the tune of $30 million over three to four years that will support research and development for advanced biofuels, bioenergy, and biobased products under the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI).

04/14/2011
The DOE has announced EcoCAR 2: Plugging into the Future, a three-year collegiate engineering competition that is designed to reduce the environmental impact of an existing vehicle without compromising safety, performance, and consumer acceptability.
04/13/2011

The EPA has announced the 2011 ENERGY STAR winners that have demonstrated leadership and commitment to protecting America’s health and environment through energy efficiency. 111 ENERGY STAR partners have been selected - manufacturers, retailers, public schools, real estate companies, home builders, and hospitals.

04/12/2011

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has announced a May 2011 release for AIA Document D503-2011, Guide for Sustainable Projects, including Agreement Amendments and Supplementary Conditions (“Guide”).

04/11/2011

A new study published in the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy shows that the addition of alumina nanoparticles can improve the performance and combustion of biofuel.  These nano-enhanced biofuels also come with the added benefit of producing fewer emissions.

04/08/2011

New survey results from Staples Advantage, the B2B division of Staples, Inc., suggest that having a fully stocked office kitchen complete with food, coffee, and amenities can lead to more productive employees.

04/07/2011

The DOE and the Qatar Science and Technology Park (QSTP) are signing a Memorandum of Understanding to promote collaboration on sustainable clean energy technologies, building on ties between the U.S. and Qatar.

04/06/2011

The EPA has announced updated standards for lighting and light fixtures to qualify for the ENERGY STAR label.  The new standards will go into effect October 1, 2011, and will require ENERGY STAR label light fixtures to increase efficiency 30% above currently qualified fluorescent based fixtures.

04/05/2011

Clanton & Associates has announced the results of a six-month study analyzing the value and energy savings of lighting control systems and technologies in standard commercial office retrofit projects.  The overall findings are significant, showing that wireless lighting control systems offer greater energy and cost savings compared to conventional localized and centralized lighting control system options.

04/04/2011

A new polymer-based solar-thermal device is the first to generate power from both heat and visible sunlight, which could have significant cost reduction applications for both homes and facilities.

04/01/2011

The EPA has updated rules that will make it easier for manufacturers to sell fuel conversion systems.  These conversion systems typically allow vehicles to run with alternative fuels, allowing energy security, fuel cost, and emissions needs to be dealt with sustainably with an eco-friendly focus.

04/01/2011

‘Oak Flame 2011’ is an upcoming unusual fire safety experiment that will be conducted by researchers and students from Virginia Tech and Virginia Western Community College.

03/30/2011

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced the “America’s Next Top Energy Innovator” challenge, designed to give start-up companies the opportunity to utilize and license revolutionary technology developed by national laboratories for $1000.

03/30/2011
BUILDINGS is excited to be rolling out a new online exclusive – Ask BUILDINGS, where industry experts,  professionals, and anyone else can submit questions and queries to the BUILDINGS editorial staff! 

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