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Seeking Input on Definition for Zero Energy Buildings
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE or the Department), has funded the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) to assess various potential definitions of Zero Energy Buildings (ZEBs) and propose draft definitions with input from a number of subject matter experts and stakeholder organizations.
EPA Revised Chlorpyrifos Assessment Shows Risk to Workers
EPA is releasing an assessment for public comment on the potential for human health risk of the pesticide chlorpyrifos.
The New Pharos & Product Decision Makin - How to use the New Pharos for Healthy Material Selections
How to use the New Pharos for Healthy Material Selections
LEED Adds Social Equity Credits to Rating System
New Belgian Royal decree for floor covering products
The Belgian authorities approved last month a new decree on VOC emissions from construction products.
California Department of General Services Releases California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen)
The State of California Department of General Services released their policy that provides direction to state agencies that build, lease and operate state buildings, on reducing indoor pollutant levels and ensuring healthful indoor environments for occupants in new, renovated, leased, and existing state buildings, as directed in Governor’s Executive Order B- 18-12 and the Green Building Action Plan.
EPA Releases Final Risk Assessment on Trichloroethylene (TCE)
Agency begins process to address potential human health risks
EPA Seeks Small Businesses’ Input on Lead Paint for Public and Commercial Buildings
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting small businesses to participate as consultants for a Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) Panel as the agency considers steps to reduce lead based paint exposure from the renovation, repair, and painting of public and commercial buildings as required by section 402(c)(3) of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
Harmonizaion of Emissions Testing
European Collaborative Action Report No. 29 - Harmonisation framework for health based evaluation of indoor emissions from construction products in the European Union using the EU-LCI concept
Energy Department Updates Home Energy Scoring Tool for Advancing Residential Energy Performance
As part of the Energy Department's commitment to helping families across the United States save money by saving energy, the Department announced today its first major software update to the Home Energy Scoring Tool, developed by the Department's Building Technologies Office and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL).
Senior Visitor Scientist and Guest Student Positions at the French IAQ Observatory
Call for Participants: Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines Job Task Analyses
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is supporting the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) Commercial Workforce Credentialing Council (CWCC) as the industry coordination body for the Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines, a set of voluntary national guidelines to improve the quality and consistency of commercial building workforce training and certification programs.
Commentary: The need for metadata standards for microbe sampling in the built environment
MIxS-BE: a MIxS extension defining a minimum information standard for sequence data from the built environment
US EPA/NCER Grant Announcement: Indoor Air and Climate Change
EPA announces an extramural funding competition designed to support research that improves understanding of how climate change affects human health through indoor air quality as adapted by building designs and uses.
CIB Publication - The Implementation of Energy Efficient Buildings Policies: an International Comparison
This Final Report of CIB Commission TG66 - Energy and the Built Environment is published in the CIB website and can be downloaded for free. It provides a practical comparison of energy policies in different countries. The Author is Jean Carassus, Coordinator of TG66.
Indoor Environmental Quality Research Roadmap 2012–2030: Energy-Related Priorities
US Green Building Council approved LEED v4 for all buildings
After three years of development, six public comment periods, the USGBC members voted to approve LEED v4
EPA Seeks Input for Potential Rule Revisions on Existing Uses of PCBs
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking nominations from individuals who represent small businesses, small governments, and small not-for-profit organizations to provide input to a federal panel that will explore changes to existing uses of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). This panel will focus on the agency’s development of a proposed rule to revise or end the existing authorized uses of PCBs as appropriate if the conditions under which they were authorized more than 30 years ago have changed. This rulemaking may address existing liquid-filled PCB use authorizations, PCBs in fluorescent light ballasts, PCBs in natural gas pipelines, and regulatory language clarifications.
ASHRAE Indoor Air Quality IAQ Design Guide
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) is now making the IAQ design guide and all of its reference materials available to the public at no cost through its web site.
EPA Report Details How Development Can Impact Public Health, Environment
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today released its most comprehensive review to date on how the built environment – the way we build our cities and towns – directly affects our environment and public health. The report was announced by EPA Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe during a national Twitter Town Hall meeting in Washington, DC with Maurice Jones, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing, and Development (HUD), and John Porcari, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

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