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Researchers from the Department of Horticulture at The Pennsylvania State University have published a study evaluating the suitability of five common plants featured on green roofs. Green roofs are typically associated with improved air quality, reduced stormwater runoff, and heat mitigation.


ASHRAE leaders have met with U.S. Army officials regarding the adaptation and implementation of ASHRAE Standard 189.1, which incorporates requirements of the green building standard and sustainability.


Great River Energy’s DryFining technology has been recognized in the 2010 Coal Project of the Year via Power Engineering magazine. DryFining is a method to control cost-effective coal-based power plant emissions while improving fuel quality.


The Children’s Hospital of Alabama is on its way to becoming the first LEED certified hospital in Alabama, thanks to an arrangement with Johnson Controls.  Johnson Controls worked with the hospital to develop and maintain a central energy plant.


The DOE has announced allocation of up to $5 million in seed funding to hire a Program Administrator for the country’s Superior Energy Performance certification program. 

Firestone Building Products Company, LLC has backed a sustainable roofing guideline known as RoofPoint.
A cool roof installation has been completed on the Department of Energy’s HQ. The “coolest” part of this roofing project?  There were no incremental costs to adding the cool roof as part of the project, and it will save taxpayers around $2,000 a year in building energy costs. 

5,700 years of carbon dioxide storage potential could be available in locations in the U.S. and Canada, according to research from the DOE’s Carbon Sequestration Atlas (Atlas III).


The GBCI has rolled out LEED Fellow, a program designed to recognize exceptional contributions to green building and significant achievement within the community of LEED Professionals.


U.S Energy Secretary Steven Chu has joined other government agencies in launching the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Export Initiative to promote energy efficiency exports.


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. 

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