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EPA Proposes Rule to Protect Consumers from Harmful Chemicals Found in Homes and Schools
EPA is taking action to protect consumers from new uses and imports of the harmful chemicals Toluene Diisocyanates (TDI).
EPA Releases Three Final Chemical Risk Assessments
Agency identifies health concern from chemical used in paint strippers
EPA Launches New Online Mapping Tool for Environmental Impact Statements
Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched an interactive web-based mapping tool that provides the public with access and information on Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) filed with EPA for major projects proposed on federal lands and other proposed federal actions. When visiting the website, users can click on any state for a list of EISs, , including information about the potential environmental, social and economic impacts of these projects.
EPA Strengthens Chemical Assessment Process to Protect Public Health
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced changes to its Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) Program to improve the scientific foundation of assessments, increase transparency in the program and the process and allow the agency to produce more IRIS assessments each year. IRIS is a human health assessment program that evaluates information on health effects that may result from exposure to environmental contaminants. These high quality, science-based health assessments are used to inform decisions to protect public health and the environment.
EPA Debuts Upgraded Energy Star Portfolio Manager Benchmarking Tool
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced the release of an upgrade to its popular online energy management and tracking tool, Energy Star Portfolio Manager. The upgraded tool can help businesses achieve the President’s call to make commercial buildings at least 20 percent more energy efficient by 2020. The new Energy Star Portfolio Manager delivers a more user-friendly interface, enhanced data sharing capabilities, better reporting, and for the first time, the ability to manage buildings across their lifecycle from design through occupancy.
Papers Sought for First International Conference on Energy, Indoor Environment in Hot Climates
Organized by ASHRAE, the Qatar Oryx Chapter and the Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute, the First International Conference on Energy and Indoor Environment for Hot Climates takes place Feb. 24-26, 2014, in Doha, Qatar. It is endorsed by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).
New Guidance Released to Help Schools Earn Top Marks in Energy Efficiency
Webinar: The 50% Advanced Energy Design Guide for Small to Medium Office Buildings
The 50% Advanced Energy Design Guide (AEDG) series follows six volumes of award winning 30% guides. The AEDGs are the result of a partnership between DOE, ASHRAE, AIA, IESNA and USGBC, and the next group of publications will provide guidance on achieving 50% savings over ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2004. The first guide in the new series, 50% AEDG for Small to Medium Office Buildings, is currently available for free download. This no-cost webinar provides an overview of the 50% series and outlines recommendations for energy savings in both small and medium office buildings.
New Versions of EnergyPlus and OpenStudio Plug-in for Google SketchUp
EnergyPlus is an energy analysis and thermal load simulation program. Based on a user's description of a building from the perspective of the building's physical make-up and associated mechanical and other systems, EnergyPlus calculates heating and cooling loads necessary to maintain thermal control setpoints, conditions throughout a secondary HVAC system and coil loads, and the energy consumption of primary plant equipment. Simultaneous integration of these—and many other—details verify that the EnergyPlus simulation performs as would the real building.
DOE's Commercial Lighting Solutions Web tool
The Commercial Lighting Solutions (CLS) Web tool provides building owners and tenants access to lighting design strategies that will save up to 60% on energy while still providing quality lighting. Strategies include the use of high performance commercially available products, daylighting, and lighting controls.
SB11 Helsinki: World Sustainable Building Conference Call for Papers
The aim of the World Sustainable Building Conference in Helsinki is to share leading knowledge and to find new solutions which can enhance sustainable ways of living and working within built environments.
AIA Introduces Tool to Help Architecture Firms Track Predicted Energy Use in Building Projects
ASHRAE 62.1 and 62.2 Updates
ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.2-2010, Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings, is the only nationally recognized indoor air quality standard developed solely for residences. And ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2010, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality, sets minimum ventilation rates and other requirements for commercial and institutional buildings.
DOE Launches Website for High-Efficiency Windows
High performance R-5* windows and low-e storm windows are available for purchase through this website from a number of vendors who have qualified to participate in the volume purchase program.
Do LEED-Certified Green Buildings Protect Human Health?
Do “green” buildings protect human health from environmental hazards? The answer is “not necessarily,” according to a new report released today by Environment and Human Health, Inc. (EHHI), titled “LEED Certification: Where Energy Efficiency Collides With Human Health.”
EPA Helps States and Utilities Tap into Greater Energy Efficiency Savings
In partnership with several states and utilities, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced a new pilot program designed to further improve commercial building energy efficiency. Building Performance with Energy Star will help utilities and state energy efficiency programs achieve increased energy savings and fight climate change by strategically pursuing whole building energy improvements with their business customers. The pilot program is being launched with Energy Star partners Com Ed, MidAmerican, National Grid, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison and Wisconsin Focus on Energy.
Weschler on human skin interactions with indoor air
Berkeley Lab Environmental Energy Technology Division distinguished lecture: The marked difference in pollutant concentrations between an occupied and un-occupied room are only partially explained by human bio-effluents.
HUD and CPSC Issue Guidance on Repairing Homes With Problem Drywall
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) today issued interim remediation guidance to help homeowners struggling to rid their properties of problem drywall linked to corrosion of metal in their homes such as electrical components.
EPA Finalizes the Nation’s First Greenhouse Gas Reporting System/Monitoring to begin in 2010
WASHINGTON – On January 1, 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will, for the first time, require large emitters of heat-trapping emissions to begin collecting greenhouse gas (GHG) data under a new reporting system. This new program will cover approximately 85 percent of the nation’s GHG emissions and apply to roughly 10,000 facilities.
EPA Report on Vapor Intrusion
The EPA Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently issued a new evaluation report entitled, "Lack of Final Guidance on Vapor Intrusion Impedes Efforts to Address Indoor Air Risks."

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