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NREL Software brings precision, savings to energy audits.

November 1, 2013

Developed in partnership with software developer concept3D, simuwatt Energy Auditor replaces clipboard-and-pencil approach of building audits with computer modeling to find more potential energy savings. This software will let ESCO employees perform audits using mobile tablets, eliminating manual input and transfer. When audit is finished, it is stored electronically and serves as baseline for next audit. Also, concept3D's work was used to help develop and grow Building Component Library. Read More

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Dr. Christopher White receives Lou Toporcer Hall of Fame Award.

November 1, 2013

Christopher C. White, Ph.D., received ASTM International Lou Toporcer Hall of Fame Award for distinguished service to Committee C24 on Building Seals and Sealants as well as contributions to development of building industry standards. ASTM since 2002, White specializes in rheology and service life prediction of polymer physics and is acting group leader of Polymeric Materials Group, Materials and Structural Systems Division of Engineering Laboratory at NIST in Gaithersburg, MD. Read More

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Sony CEO to deliver keynote at 2014 International CES.

November 1, 2013

Kazuo Hirai, President and CEO of Sony Corporation, will deliver opening morning Tech Titans keynote address at the 2014 International CES, brining his unique perspective and insights about the latest innovations occurring at the intersection of content and hardware. Kazuo Hirai began his career with CBS/Sony Inc. in 1984. He was appointed representative corporate executive officer, president and CEO of Sony Corporation in April 2012 and was appointed director of Sony Board in June 2012. Read More

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Biofuel Companies RFS program changes undercut investment.

October 31, 2013

BIO, Advanced Ethanol Council (AEC), and 37 of their member companies wrote the White House to express concerns over draft proposal for 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) rules that were recently and unlawfully leaked to media. As noted by advanced biofuel trade organizations and companies, EPA must continue to follow data-driven approach it has used to date in order to open market to competition and achieve program goals. Read More

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BIO Summit to focus on renewable chemicals, biobased products.

October 31, 2013

To be held in San Diego, CA from December 8–11, BIO's 2013 Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy will feature presentations on platforms used to create better and more efficient renewable chemicals for broader applications. Event will feature breakout sessions on Renewable Chemicals Platforms, presentations deliberating on novel renewable chemicals and consumer products, and discussions arguing for inclusion of biobased consumer products in oleochemical value chain. Read More

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Gary Benson receives Distinguished Service Award.

October 31, 2013

AMCA International announced that Gary Benson, President of Mechanovent Corporation, received the Distinguished Service Award, which encompasses not just service to the Association, but to the HVACR industry as a whole. A former AMCA President, Benson was instrumental in the development of "system optimization" using microprocessor-based HVAC equipment that communicates with building management systems for occupancy comfort, reduced energy consumption, and improved equipment reliability. Read More

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AIA mourns former Rep. Isaac N. Skelton.

October 31, 2013

AIA mourns loss of former Rep. Isaac N. "Ike" Skelton (D-Mo), a dedicated servant of his Missouri constituents and the American people. First elected to Congress in 1976, Skelton served for 34 years. From 1998 to 2006, he was Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, and Chairman from 2006 to 2010. Skelton was a true guardian of the armed forces, making sure they had state-of-the-art equipment and protective gear when going into harm’s way. Read More

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AMCA Executive Committee, Board Members announced for 2013-2014.

October 31, 2013

AMCA International announced those AMCA Executive Committee and Board of Directors who will serve during 2013–2014 term. Dr. Geoff Sheard, VP of Fan Technology, Flaktwoods, Ltd, was elected President, while Victor C. Colwell, VP of Sales and Marketing for Loren Cook Company, was elected as Chairman of the Board. Other members include Patrick A. Cockrum (Vice President), Tim Kilgore (Treasurer), and John Knapp (Secretary). Dan Hartlein was newly elected to AMCA Board of Directors. Read More

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Medical Device Security Disclosure Standard updated by NEMA.

October 31, 2013

NEMA published HIMSS/NEMA HN 1-2013 Manufacturer Disclosure Statement for Medical Device Security. HN 1 standard consists of MDS2 form and related instructions on completing it. Changes from previous edition include alignment of MDS2 with IEC 80001-1 Application of Risk Management for IT Networks Incorporating Medical Devices (Parts 1 and 2), and MDS2 data requested of device manufacturers more adequately addresses 19 security capabilities of IEC/TR 80001-2-2. Read More

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ASTM to develop calibration standard for viscometers.

October 31, 2013

Being developed by Subcommittee E37.08 on Rheology, part of ASTM International Committee E37 on Thermal Measurements, ASTM WK43494, Test Method for Viscosity Calibration of Rotational Viscometers, will improve agreement of results between laboratories. Once approved, standard will be used by those in paint, petroleum, plastics, adhesive, and rubber industries, where standards already exist for rotational viscometry. Read More

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National Award Recipients honored by IREC at 3iAwards Ceremony.

October 31, 2013

IREC honored national award winners for Best of 2013 in renewable energy and energy efficiency. In celebration of 20 years of recognizing exemplary people, projects, and programs, competitive awards were renamed IREC 3iAwards. Categories included State & Local Government Project of the Year, Community Renewable Project of the Year, IREC Accredited Training Program of the Year, and IREC Certified Trainer of the Year. There were also 4 special recognition awards. Read More

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ASTM Sports Equipment Standard covers wrestling mats.

October 31, 2013

ASTM F2983, Guide for Manufacturers for Labeling and Care Instructions for Wrestling Mats, provides list of required information to be placed on labels that are affixed to wrestling mats, including identification and contact information for manufacturer and instructions stating that mat is only to be used under supervision of qualified instructors. Standard also provides requirements for additional product literature that can be placed directly on packaging for mat or included with it. Read More

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SPE Automotive Division selects 2013 Hall of Fame winner.

October 31, 2013

First North American implementation of an integrated front-end module system used on 1996 model year Ford® Taurus® and Mercury® Sable® sedans produced by Ford Motor Co. was selected as 2013 Hall of Fame winner in SPE's 43rd annual Automotive Innovation Awards Competition. To be considered for award, automotive-plastic component must have been in continuous service in some form for at least 15 years and preferably have been widely adopted within automotive or ground-transportation industries. Read More

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IPC Conference aims to clean up reliability problems.

October 31, 2013

Although no-clean practices have altered printed board manufacturing processes, reliability expert Cheryl Tulkoff warns that, "Everyone should be thinking about cleaning and contamination issues." Tulkoff, of DfR Solutions, is among the experts who will address wide range of factors impacting reliability at IPC Conference on Solder and Reliability, Nov 13–14. Conference will also cover properties of solder alloys, defects like pad cratering, risk mitigation processes, and data analysis. Read More

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ASTM Road and Paving Committee honors Stuart Schwotzer.

October 30, 2013

Committee D04 on Road and Paving Materials presented ASTM International Prevost Hubbard Award to Stuart Schwotzer, senior geologist in Construction Services Division at Bowser-Morner Laboratories in Dayton, OH, for his contributions to development of standards for road and paving materials. ASTM International member since 1978, Schwotzer specializes in testing and evaluation of aggregates used in construction. He has also held various roles at Ohio DoT in Columbus. Read More

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L. David Suits receives ASTM International Johnson Award.

October 30, 2013

L. David Suits, executive director of the North American Geosynthetic Society, Albany, NY, has received A. Ivan Johnson Outstanding Achievement Award from ASTM International Committee D18 on Soil and Rock. Award is presented to member whose efforts have produced particular outstanding result or significant contribution to work of committee. A dedicated ASTM member for more than 35 years, Suits works on several subcommittees within Committees D18 and D35 on Geosynthetics. Read More

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Bolivian Government Accepts ASTM Standards for amusement rides.

October 29, 2013

At amusement ride safety seminar in La Paz, Bolivia on August 23 of 2013, Bolivian officials announced acceptance of amusement ride safety standards developed by ASTM International Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices. Seminar focused on amusement industry sector growth as well as importance of having comprehensive safety programs for all facets of business. Incorporation of ASTM standards by IBNORCA, national standards body of Bolivia, was made possible through MOU signed in 2002. Read More

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Evanhoe and Kimball receive industry leadership appointments.

October 29, 2013

AIM congratulates Chuck Evanhoe, of Evanhoe & Associates, as well as Dan Kimball, Principal of SRA International, for their appointments to leadership positions with INCITS and SC31, respectively. Chuck Evanhoe has been selected as Chair for INCITS SG on Internet of Things, a group that will create standards for next generation of innovation in AIDC industry, with focus on growth of IoT worldwide. Dan Kimball will assume role of Chair for JTC 1/SC 31, a leading technical committee of ISO. Read More

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EPRI to coordinate electric grid monitoring initiative.

October 29, 2013

EPRI will coordinate meetings of North American SynchroPhasor Initiative through 2015. NASPI is a collaborative effort among US DOE, EPRI, and North American electric utilities, vendors, consultants, researchers, and academics to improve power system reliability and visibility through wide-area measurement and control. It is working to advance deployment and use of networked phasor measurement devices, phasor data-sharing, applications development and use, and research/analysis. Read More

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Christopher McCowan receives Award of Merit.

October 29, 2013

ASTM International Committee E28 on Mechanical Testing has presented Award of Merit to Christopher McCowan, project leader of the Impact Verification Program at NIST in Boulder, CO. An active member of E28 since 1992, McCowan was recognized for his notable leadership and contributions to the development of standards in the field of impact testing. He has worked extensively on the constant revision of ASTM E23, Standard Test Methods for Notched Bar Impact Testing of Metallic Materials. Read More