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Energy Department Announces Guide for 50% More Energy Efficient Hospitals
The Energy Department today announced the release of the final installment in a series of four 50% Advanced Energy Design Guides (AEDGs). This latest guide will help architects, engineers, and contractors design and build highly efficient hospital buildings, helping to save energy and cut facility operational costs. The 50% AEDG series provides a practical approach for designers and builders of large hospitals, and other major commercial building types, to achieve 50% energy savings compared to the building energy code used in many parts of the nation. These commercial building guides support President Obama's goal to reduce energy use in commercial buildings 20% by 2020.
EPA Releases Final Health Assessment for Tetrachloroethylene (Perc)
Public health protections remain in place
Federal Radon Action Plan and Scorecard
The Federal Radon Action Plan was announced by the Federal government in June of 2011 for protecting people and families. Recently, EPA posted a scorecard showing progress by the participating Agencies on their collective commitments. The project is unprecedented in that it addresses the radon health risk in a way that not been tried before.
Sustainable Society Tool
We have added a very easy to use tool for seeing how 151 countries are performing in terms of creating a "sustainable society." The tool is developed and supported by the Sustainable Society Foundation.
DOE Announces Guide for 50% More Energy Efficient Retail Buildings
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the release of the third installment in a series of four 50% Advanced Energy Design Guides (AEDGs). This latest guide will help architects, engineers, and contractors design and build highly efficient retail buildings, helping to save energy and cut store operational costs.
Faculty Position in Building Ecology Available
The Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University seek applicants for a faculty position in the area of construction management and engineering in the School for Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment (SSEBE), Del E. Webb School of Construction programs. The position focus is on building ecology. Applicants are encouraged to apply if they have a research and scholarly focus on life-cycle sustainability dimensions of the built environment, including a demonstrated record of integrative scholarship related to infrastructure resilience, post-disaster recovery and reconstruction, innovation in building design/procurement/construction/operation and the relationship between the built environment and a holistic understanding of human well-being.
DOE Releases New Version of EnergyPlus Modeling Software
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today released the latest version of its building energy modeling software EnergyPlus, which calculates the energy required to heat, cool, ventilate, and light a building.
Energy Department Releases Case Studies and Best Practices to Assist Innovative Energy Efficiency Programs
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced new case studies and other online resources available to local governments that are designing, expanding, and enabling residential energy efficiency programs across the country.
Call for Abstracts - 6th SETAC World Congress
The theme for the SETAC Europe 22nd Annual Meeting is " Securing a sustainable future: integrating science, policy and people."
Healthy Buildings 2012 - Call for Abstracts Now Open
DOE Report Highlights Innovative Breakthroughs in Energy-Efficient Technologies for Buildings
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released a new report showcasing numerous energy-saving products and technologies, made possible through DOE research and development, which are currently available in the market or projected to enter the marketplace in the future.
Green Sustainable Building Experts Needed
Help Shape the 2012 International Green Construction Code (IGCC) at the International Code Council’s Code Development Hearings in Dallas.
American Public Health Association abstracts due shortly
The American Public Health Association is receiving abstracts for the 2011 Annual Meeting and Exposition to be held October 29 - November 2, 2011 in Washington, DC.
WHO launches first indoor air quality guidelines on indoor chemicals
The WHO Guidelines for Indoor Air Quality: Selected pollutants are the result of contributions from over 60 leading experts worldwide to a WHO/Europe-coordinated project. They present for the first time evidence and guidance to protect health globally from the impact of nine indoor chemicals.
USGBC LEED IEQ Comment Period Closes December 31st
The Next Wave: Solar Water Heating Systems Yield Immediate Energy Savings
Solar water heating (SWH) applications represent a significant opportunity to reduce energy use in both commercial and residential building sectors in the United States at a low financial and spatial cost.
DOE Announces Historic Strides in Energy Efficiency for Residential and Commercial Building Codes
Late last month, members of the International Code Council (ICC) met in Charlotte, North Carolina and voted to increase the energy efficiency levels for the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), the energy section of the building safety and fire prevention codes that set minimum safeguards for U.S. buildings.
EPA Seeks Public Comments on "Healthy Indoor Environment Protocols for Home Energy Upgrades"
EPA is developing voluntary Healthy Indoor Environment Protocols for Home Energy Upgrades, in conjunction with the Department of Energy (DOE) Workforce Guidelines for Home Energy Upgrades.
Free Download: ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2007 I-P
To promote energy efficiency, ASHRAE and the US Department of Energy are making Standard 90.1-2007 (I-P Edition) available for free download (PDF).
World Sustainability Conference

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