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Web-Based Tool aims to improve building energy performance.

March 11, 2014

NREL has developed a web-based tool to help users better understand energy performance of building-related products. The Technology Performance Exchange™ portal helps manufacturers and other organizations that measure and test products share performance data with product consumers. TPEx helps to reduce analysis uncertainty through use of data entry forms, which are standardized documents that identify minimum product-specific parameters needed to evaluate energy performance. Read More

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EPA sets cleaner fuel and car standards.

March 10, 2014

EPA finalized emission standards for cars and gasoline that will reduce harmful pollution and prevent thousands of premature deaths and illnesses, while also improving efficiency. Action will reduce standards for smog-forming VOCs and nitrogen oxides by 80%, establish 70% tighter particulate matter standard, and virtually eliminate fuel vapor emissions. Standards will also reduce vehicle emissions of toxic air pollutants, such as benzene by up to 30%, and reduce gasoline sulfur levels by more than 60%. Read More

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Flando and Grealis named PMA Vice Presidents.

March 10, 2014

Andrew F. Flando, formerly group publisher and director of exhibitions, has been named VP of publishing and exhibitions, responsible for leading PMA’s publishing and tradeshow activities. Allison R. Grealis, formerly director of membership services, has been named VP of membership and association services, responsible for leading PMA’s membership acquisition and retention efforts, along with development and delivery of broad-based membership services available to member companies. Read More

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FAA proposes $55,125 civil penalty against helicopter company.

March 10, 2014

FAA is proposing $55,125 civil penalty against Whirlybird Helicopters LLC of Ogden, UT, for allegedly violating DOT's drug and alcohol testing regulations. FAA alleges Whirlybird failed to conduct pre-employment drug tests on 8 employees prior to their being hired to perform safety-sensitive functions on company’s helicopters, which it uses in commercial air tour operations. Agency also alleges 3 of these employees were not in Whirlybird’s random testing pool as required by DOT regulations. Read More

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AIA mourns loss of Dr. Assad Kotaite.

March 10, 2014

Universally known as master conciliator and consensus-builder, Dr. Kotaite served with the International Civil Aviation Organization for more than 50 years, including 30 years as elected President of the Council, making him the longest-tenured senior executive in the history of the United Nations. Dr. Kotaite’s dedication to the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation was a key factor in its phenomenal growth. The global aviation community will miss his visionary leadership. Read More

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Global Design Contest challenges engineers and students.

March 10, 2014

Produced by Tech Briefs Media Group, 12th annual "Create the Future" Design Contest is open and runs through July 1, 2014. For this event, participants create innovative new product idea that benefits society and economy for opportunity to receive global recognition and $20,000. This year’s categories include Aerospace & Defense, Automotive/Transportation, Consumer Products, Electronics, Machinery/Automation/Robotics, Medical Products, and Sustainable Technologies. Read More

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AMT applauds new manufacturing hubs in Illinois and Michigan.

March 7, 2014

President Obama announced the next expansion of the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation with The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute, to be located in Chicago. DMDI will change the way America does manufacturing by focusing on democratization and data integration across the supply chain. Announcement coincided with news of another manufacturing hub, the Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation Institute, to be located in Canton, MI. Read More

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IREC Seeks Comments on clean energy certificate program standard.

March 7, 2014

To rectify marketplace confusion and workforce skills inconsistency, IREC is developing IREC Standard 14732:201X General Requirements for the Accreditation of Clean Energy Certificate Programs. IREC identified need to differentiate between certification and certificate programs as well as describe best practices and requirements that form foundation for accrediting clean energy certificate programs. Parties are encouraged to comment on this standard until April 14, 2014. Read More