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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).
2013 ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry
EPA Proposes Rules to Protect Americans from Exposure to Formaldehyde
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today proposed two rules to help protect Americans from exposure to the harmful chemical formaldehyde, consistent with a Federal law unanimously passed by Congress in 2010. These rules ensure that composite wood products produced domestically or imported into the United States meet the formaldehyde emission standards established by Congress.
Energy Department Publishes Protocols for Determining Energy Efficiency Savings
The Energy Department has published a new series of protocols for determining savings from energy efficiency upgrades in homes, commercial buildings, and industrial facilities. Using consistent methods to calculate energy savings will improve the credibility and demonstrate the impact of energy efficiency programs that help businesses and families reduce their energy bills.
Chemical Safety for Sustainability March 2013 Research Highlights
In 2012, EPA’s Chemical Safety for Sustainability research developed and used innovative approaches to better understand chemical hazards, consumers’ exposures to chemicals, and the associated risks, and reciprocally used these tools to inform the design of safer chemicals.
EPA Announces Chemicals for Risk Assessment in 2013, Focus on Widely Used Flame Retardants
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it will begin assessments on 23 commonly used chemicals, with a specific focus on flame retardant chemicals, in order to more fully understand any potential risks to people’s health and the environment. This effort is part of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Work Plan which identifies commonly used chemicals for risk assessment.
Federal Agencies Working to Make Homes Healthier
The initiative represents a bold new vision for addressing the nation’s health and economic burdens caused by preventable hazards associated with the home. The Strategy for Action encourages federal agencies to take preemptive actions that will help reduce the number of American homes with health and safety hazards.
EPA Releases First Set of Draft Risk Assessments Under Existing Chemicals Work Plan Effort
EPA today released for public comment draft risk assessments, for particular uses, on five chemicals found in common household products. The draft risk assessments were developed as part of the agency’s Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Work Plan, which identified common chemicals for review over the coming years to assess any impacts on people’s health and the environment. Following public comment, the agency will seek an independent, scientific peer review of the assessments before beginning to finalize them in the fall of 2013.
Join the Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative
Zero Energy and Zero Energy-Capable Buildings
A new study by New Buildings Institute (NBI), in partnership with the Zero Energy Commercial Buildings Consortium (CBC) and the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), looks at the state of zero energy building in the U.S.
Energy Department Announces New Case Studies, Business Models to Support Energy Efficiency Upgrade Programs
As part of the Obama Administration's all-of-the-above strategy to reduce energy costs for consumers and American businesses, the Energy Department today released a new suite of resources supporting the design and implementation of energy efficiency upgrade programs.
There is a new working paper that paper shines light on the competitiveness of solar PV
It looks at the implications of the sharpest falls in the prices of PV technology in recent history. This work is the result of close collaboration by colleagues with exceptional insight into the economics of solar power.
Call for Papers for the Symposium on Building Walls Subject to Water Intrusion and Accumulation: Lessons from the Past and Recommendations for the Future
Papers are invited for a Symposium on Building Walls Subject to Water Intrusion and Accumulation: Lessons from the Past and Recommendations for the Future to be held April 14-15, 2013. Sponsored by ASTM Committee E06.55 on Exterior Building Wall Systems, the symposium will be held at the JW Marriott Indianapolis in Indianapolis, IN, in conjunction with the April standards development meetings of Committee.

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