Industry News




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.


01/25/2011

Are we moving to the next generation of clean cars?  The DOT, the EPA, and the state of California have announced a timeframe for proposal of fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards for model year 2017-2025 cars and light-duty trucks.


01/24/2011

Johnson Controls has announced a new technology designed to help reduce energy consumption in central chilled water plants in buildings and facilities by up to 60%. 


01/24/2011

Aharon Gedanken and his colleagues are reporting successful lab tests of “killer paper,” a material intended as next-generation food packaging material to combat bacteria that cause spoilage.  However, this food packaging material has a lot of potential for commercial use as well, as a germ-fighting coating for plastics, fabrics, and metals in hospitals, kitchens, and bathrooms.


01/21/2011
Accor North America and Motel 6 have implemented the “Phoenix My Break Room” initiative, a energy-saving employee incentive program.  This simple plan has potential for use across many industry sectors, including retail, restaurant, and commercial locations.
01/21/2011

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu and the DOE have announced initiatives to promote tribal energy development.  Up to $10 million will be available this year through the Tribal Energy Program to support energy efficiency and renewable energy resources on tribal lands.


01/20/2011

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced that more than 300,000 low-income homes have been weatherized under the Recovery Act.  This milestone places progress at 50% of President Obama’s goal of weatherizing 600,000 homes.


01/19/2011

The EPA and the SBA have announced a collaborative effort known as the Water Technology Innovation Cluster (WTIC), designed to develop and commercialize technologies to solve environmental issues, encourage sustainability, and create jobs.


01/18/2011
Colorado State University’s department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture has identified 5 plants optimum for green roof use in semiarid regions. 
01/17/2011
The EPA has allocated $7 million to fund human health issue research focused on communities where people are exposed to multiple health stressors, such as chemicals, anxiety, and poor nutrition. 
01/14/2011

The EPA has announced that it is using the authority bestowed by the Clean Water Act to halt disposal of mining waste in steams at the Mingo-Logan Coal Company’s Spruce No. 1 coal mine.


01/13/2011

Johnson Controls has announced the launch of the 10th annual Igniting Creative Energy (ICE) Challenge, a national competition for students K-12 to share knowledge, innovation, and ideas about environmental stewardship.


01/12/2011

Ford has introduced the first all-electric, zero-emissions passenger car, the Focus Electric.  The first of five electric vehicles Ford will deliver by 2013, the Focus is a gasoline free version of the popular small car.


01/11/2011

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) has been distinguished as one of the more promising methods for assessing potential carbon dioxide storage sites, and is now the focus of a series of the DOE’s “best practices” manuals.


01/10/2011

Glass stronger than steel? A new damage-tolerant metallic glass featuring strength and toughness beyond any known material has been developed by researchers from the DOE’s Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology. 


01/07/2011

The DOE has announced the finalization of plans for a $1.45 billion loan towards an Abengoa  Solar Inc. solar plant project near Gila Bend, AZ. 


01/07/2011
President Obama has signed a bill that will extend many energy efficiency and renewable energy provisions through 2011. 
01/07/2011

A successful full-scale test of hyperbaric centrifuge technology at a Jim Walter Resources Inc. coal-cleaning plant in Alabama has demonstrated the value of this revolutionary innovation.


01/05/2011
 

According to a recent study, the cancer-causing chromium-6 compound has been found polluting tap water in 31 U.S. cities.  Approximately 74 million Americans in 42 states consume water that is polluted with the chromium-6 chemical.

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