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Economic Development Program boosts clean energy startups in CO.

June 21, 2011

To expand cleantech entrepreneurship in Colorado, NREL and State of Colorado have formed Colorado Center for Renewable Energy Economic Development (CREED) in Golden, CO. CREED will bring together stakeholders and service providers who support creation and growth of startup cleantech companies, which will contribute to economic development. CREED will work to accelerate commercial deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies that emerge from NREL's programs. Read More

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ASTM Standard provides reference materials for kinetic parameters.

June 21, 2011

Users of standards involving kinetic parameters need reference materials to qualify individual laboratories and to validate procedures and software. Developed by Subcommittee E27.02 on Thermal Stability and Condensed Phases, ASTM E2781 will provide such parameters to accommodate apparatus configurations and kinetic models. Kinetic parameters, such as activation energy and pre-exponential factor, are used to estimate lifetime of products and to assess thermal safety of high-energy chemicals. Read More

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Automotive Polyolefins Conference to feature 4 keynotes.

June 21, 2011

Interspersed throughout 2011 SPEĀ® Automotive TPO Global Conference, to be held October 2-5, will be 4 keynote speakers who will highlight current trends reshaping global automotive-plastics market. Topics will include pace of automotive recovery in mature markets as well as growth opportunities in emerging markets; polyolefins as sustainable solution; impacts of globalization of automotive industry on plastics raw-material supply; and CAFE Requirements. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standard covers relative weights of body armor.

June 21, 2011

Proposed standard, ASTM WK31929, Test Method for Areal Density Measurement of an Armour Panel, will provide consistent way of comparing the relative weights of different body armor designs used in production of protective vests for law enforcement and correction personnel. Once approved, standard will allow manufacturers to accurately document their armor designs and give purchasing agents and end users a better understanding of relative weights when they are making purchasing decisions. Read More

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Feds Launch Action Plan to protect people from radon.

June 21, 2011

US EPA joined forces with several other agencies and institutions to help save lives and create healthier home and school environments. Plan brings together commitments that help to reduce exposure to radon and protect health by leveraging and advancing existing state, local, and national programs. According to EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, Federal Radon Action Plan will raise awareness about radon threat in homes as well as take steps to mitigate said hazard. Read More

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Commerce Department requests comments on cybersecurity report.

June 21, 2011

Department of Commerce's Internet Policy Task Force issued Federal Register Notice requesting comments on the report it published entitled "Cybersecurity, Innovations and the Internet Economy." Report proposes voluntary codes of conduct to strengthen cybersecurity of companies that rely on Internet to do business, but are not part of critical infrastructure sector. Task force is seeking further input from Internet stakeholders that will lead to developing an action plan in this important area. Read More

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ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard now available from ANSI.

June 21, 2011

Targeting broad applicability across national economic sectors, ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems standard could influence up to 60% of world's energy use. Standard specifies requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining, and improving an energy management system. ISO 50001 is based on the common elements found in all of ISO's management system standards, assuring compatibility with ISO 9001 (quality management) and ISO 14001 (environmental management). Read More

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PTDA Business Index shows rapid expansion.

June 20, 2011

Conducted jointly by PTDA and Cleveland Research Company, PTDA Business Index indicated that 1Q2011 was the fourth consecutive quarter for business growth among PTDA members. With a reading of 85.5, first quarter results show that the power transmission/motion control industry expanded at a faster pace compared with 4Q2010 when the index was at 73.4. Read More

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Building Materials Standard would add mold resistance rating.

June 20, 2011

Proposed standard - ASTM WK32079, Test Method for Determination of Mold Growth on Building Products Designed for Exterior Applications Using an Environmental Chamber and Direct Inoculation - will assist consumers purchasing mold-resistant building materials for homes. Specifically, standard describes environmental chamber and conditions of operation to evaluate, in 4-week period, relative resistance to mold growth on building products to be used outdoors. Read More

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PMI Names Len Swatkowski as Technical Director.

June 20, 2011

Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) appointed Len Swatkowski as technical director. In his new position, Swatkowski will analyze and report proposed code and standard changes; maintain and manage relationships with PMI members, certification agencies, and industry peers; as well as represent PMI at industry meetings. PMI executive director noted Swatkowski's consensus building capabilities, technical background, and trade association experience to be valuable assets. Read More

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Metalforming Companies anticipate steady business conditions.

June 20, 2011

According to June 2011 PMA Business Conditions Report, 25% of participants forecast an improvement in economic activity during next 3 months, up from 23% in May, and 50% predict that activity will remain unchanged, compared to 55% last month. About 25% report that activity will decline, up from 22% in May. Metalforming companies also expect little change in incoming orders during next 3 months, with 30% predicting an increase in orders, 44% anticipating no change, and 26% predicting decrease. Read More

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Fire Safety Science Symposium will examine elevator use.

June 17, 2011

During 10th International Association for Fire Safety Science Symposium, experts from U.S. and Japan will lead discussion on how people evacuate burning buildings, their fears and concerns, problems for disabled people, and other topics. This session, HUMAN RESPONSE: How will people use elevators for evacuation during a building fire, will take place June 19, 2011 at Department of Fire Protection Engineering at University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering. Read More

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NIST Contributions to Smart Grid highlighted by White House.

June 17, 2011

White House policy document, A Policy Framework for the 21st Century Grid, highlights strategic roles that NIST plays in accelerating modernization of USA's electric infrastructure, bolstering electric-grid innovation, and advancing clean energy economy. Unveiled at Building the 21st Century Grid event, document mentions focus on advancing smart grid technologies and provides roadmap for making investments in nation's electric infrastructure in ways that benefit all Americans. Read More

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ANSI marks U.S. celebration of World Accreditation Day.

June 17, 2011

Each year on June 9, IAF and ILAC invite national representatives from around the world to mark World Accreditation Day with dedicated celebrations honoring the important role that accreditation plays in global standards and conformity assessment community. ANSI honored occasion by announcing the winner of the 2011 U.S. Celebration of World Accreditation Day paper competition. Kenneth Zabel was awarded first place for his paper, "Accreditation in Today's Global Marketplace." Read More

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ASHRAE Manual Helps Users Meet Requirements if IAQ standard.

June 17, 2011

As complete guide, 62.2-2010 User's Manual explains requirements for ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.2-2010, Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings. Explanations and examples show how to meet requirements of all parts of standard, and background material explains why specific requirements are included. Manual covers 9 sections of the standard and 3 appendices. Manual also helps users to stay up to date with changes made since previous publication. Read More

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House Committee calls for new direction for Northeast Corridor.

June 17, 2011

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee introduced a plan to bring competition to high-speed and intercity passenger rail service across the country, including the nation's Northeast Corridor. According to John Horsley, executive director of AASHTO, it is in the national interest to develop a passenger rail network as part of a multimodal transportation system. This system must be developed with both public- and private-sector investment. Read More

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Building Sciences Hearing solicits commercial data requirements.

June 16, 2011

National Institute of Building Sciences hearing in Washington, DC on July 18 will gather input from building industry participants about their commercial building data needs. It will be open to all parties interested in presenting views on state of commercial building related data, current and anticipated data needs, existing sources of data, and potential future data sources. Hearing is in response to news that EIA will not release its 2007 CBECS results or complete its 2011 Survey. Read More

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Small Businesses to participate in wastewater discharge rule.

June 16, 2011

U.S. EPA is inviting small businesses to nominate representatives to participate in a Small Business Advocacy Review Panel, which will focus on agency's development of a proposed rulemaking to strengthen and revise wastewater discharge regulations for steam electric power generating plants. Small business' participation can help EPA learn, first-hand, about ways to reduce regulatory burdens and help EPA better understand small business' challenges in complying with wastewater regulations. Read More

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NEMA Commends President's Plan for 21st century electrical grid.

June 16, 2011

NEMA commended President Obama's commitment to developing 21st century electrical grid as outlined in A Policy Framework for the 21st Century Grid: Enabling Our Secure Energy Future. According to NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis, "equipment and technology being developed and deployed by NEMA member companies...is integral to the success of this plan." He went on to say such products will provide "modern, efficient, reliable, and secure electricity delivery system." Read More

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ISPE announces partnership with EPA's ENERGY STAR Program.

June 16, 2011

Through participation in U.S. EPA's ENERGY STAR Program, ISPE aims to improve pharmaceutical industry exposure to program and help ISPE Members drive cost savings and green initiatives for their companies. ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry calls upon businesses to create 5-year plan to reduce energy intensity by 10% or more. Companies that publicly join Challenge and meet the goal gain the right to communicate publicly that they have completed the ENERGY STAR Challenge. Read More