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ICC and ASHRAE outline roles to consolidate IgCC and 189.1.

September 15, 2015

International Code Council and ASHRAE have signed the final agreement that outlines each organization’s role in the development and maintenance of the new version of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC). The code, scheduled to be released in 2018, will be powered by ANSI/ASHRAE/ICC/IES/USGBC Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings developed using ANSI-approved ASHRAE consensus process. Read More

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EPA/DOJ Announce Settlement with Duke to resolve CAA violations.

September 15, 2015

U.S. EPA and U.S. Department of Justice announced settlement with Duke Energy Corporation to resolve Clean Air Act (CAA) violations at 5 coal-fired power plants across North Carolina. Specifically, said settlement resolves claims that Duke violated federal CAA by unlawfully modifying 13 coal-fired electricity generating units located at Allen, Buck, Cliffside, Dan River, and Riverbend plants without obtaining air permits and installing and operating required air pollution control technologies. Read More

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Curly Nanowires catch more light than straight nanowires.

September 15, 2015

Researchers from Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, have shown that twisting straight nanowires into springs can increase amount of light wires absorb by up to 23%. Absorbing more light is important because one application of nanowires is turning light into electricity. Enhanced light harvesting efficiency of nanosprings also opens opportunities to build nanoscale devices that power themselves. Results of this research are published in the journal Applied Optics, from The Optical Society. Read More

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NTSB Forum to examine loss-of-control crashes.

September 14, 2015

NTSB will hold one-day forum to examine problem of loss-of-control crashes in general aviation fixed-wing aircraft, and explore possible solutions. "Humans and Hardware: Preventing Inflight Loss of Control in General Aviation," will be held on October 14, 2015. Topics will include: overview of various types of loss of control accidents, human performance and medical issues, potential training improvements, and technological enhancements that can reduce loss of control accidents. Read More

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BIO announces winners of Buzz of BIO contest.

September 14, 2015

BIO announced winners of the 2015 BIO Investor Forum Buzz of BIO contest, which recognizes highly innovative companies in the biotech sector. Winners include: Whole Biome, a laboratory/computational platform company with technology capable of generating and analyzing huge volumes of genomic and phenotypic data necessary to elucidate functional components of the human microbiome; and Cold Genesys, a clinical-stage company focusing on development of oncolytic viruses and immunotherapies for cancer. Read More

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ASHRAE Standard Methods efficiently keep occupants comfortable.

September 14, 2015

ASHRAE's Standard 55, Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy, specifies combinations of indoor thermal environmental factors and personal factors that will produce thermal environmental conditions acceptable to majority of occupants within specified space. Research looking at method used to determine thermal comfort in Standard 55 appears in Nature Climate Change's "Energy Consumption in Buildings and Female Thermal Demand." Read More

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IAQA and ASHRAE offer dual membership program.

September 14, 2015

ASHRAE and the Indoor Air Quality Association announced last year that they were joining forces to combine resources to improve indoor air quality in the built environment. Under dual membership program, ASHRAE Members and Associate Members can join IAQA as individual members for $131, and individual IAQA members can join ASHRAE for $151. Both are provided with regular benefits of individual membership in the other association. Read More

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ANSI Announces Dates for voting for director-at-large candidates.

September 14, 2015

In fall of 2015, ANSI will choose candidates to fill 11 director-at-large seats (one-third of full Board). Selected members, once approved, will serve terms from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2018. All ANSI members must vote in person at ANSI Annual Business Meeting and Luncheon (September 30, 2015) or designate Patricia Griffin, Secretary of ANSI, as their official proxy. Board responsibilities cover management and control of activities, property, and affairs of ANSI. Read More

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ASHRAE Announces Call for Papers for IAQ 2016 conference.

September 11, 2015

Call for papers is open for IAQ 2016 conference, "Defining Indoor Air Quality: Policy, Standards and Best Practices." Event will take place September 12–14, 2016 in Alexandria, VA and focus on current and emerging definitions of indoor air quality (IAQ) as well as how they are or could be implemented. Also, IAQ 2016 will highlight best practice solutions that exceed existing minimum requirements. Abstracts for papers on topics appropriate to conference theme are due November 2, 2015. Read More

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NREL Forum attracts clean energy startups, investors.

September 11, 2015

Taking place in Denver, CO from November 3–4, National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) annual Industry Growth Forum will feature 30 clean energy companies presenting business cases to panel of investors and industry experts. Forum will also offer organized networking opportunities and program highlighting clean energy technology and business developments. Agenda regarding latter will include thought leaders addressing important topics in industry today. Read More

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Facility Smart Grid Model Standard open for public review.

September 11, 2015

Part of an international effort, ASHRAE/NEMA Standard 201P, Facility Smart Grid Information Model, would provide common basis for electrical energy consumers to describe, manage, and communicate about electrical energy consumptions and forecasts. Proposed standard defines an object-oriented information model to enable appliances and control systems to manage electrical loads and generation sources in response to communication with smart grid and to communicate information to service providers. Read More

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BIO Announces San Diego as industrial biotech conference host.

September 11, 2015

As announced by BIO, 2016 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology will be held April 17–20 in San Diego, CA. Call for papers for this event invites industry leaders as well as those from academia and financial sectors to submit proposals and individual papers beginning September 17, 2015. Abstracts or proposals for 15 min presentation on any program track are sought for breakout panels, breakout papers, posters, and Green Tech investor sessions. Read More

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NTSB Points to Flight Crew Errors as cause of business jet crash.

September 11, 2015

NTSB concluded pilots of crashed Gulfstream G-IV business jet bound for Atlantic City on May 31, 2014 failed to perform flight control check before takeoff and attempted to take off while critical flight controls were locked because gust lock was engaged. Finally, these pilots delayed rejecting takeoff after they became aware of locked flight controls. NTSB's Bella Dinh-Zarr pointed to this as example of "importance of following standard operating procedures and...procedural compliance." Read More

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ANSI Fall Training Workshop focuses on ISO/IEC17065.

September 11, 2015

ANSI encourages interested stakeholders to register and attend Personnel Certification Accreditation workshop, which will take place November 19–20 in Washington, D.C. Workshop will present conformity assessment concepts defined in ISO/IEC 17065, Conformity assessment Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services. Moreover, this workshop will highlight said standard's requirements and benefits as well as provide insight into why its international benchmark status. Read More

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ANSI seeks comments on proposed new ISO field of activity.

September 11, 2015

ISO has submitted proposal for new field of activity on healthcare administration, and ANSI invites comments on new proposal by end of business day on October 9, 2015. Submitted by the University of Texas Medical Branch, an ANSI member organization, proposed work program for the standardization of healthcare administration will include classification, terminology and nomenclature, management practices, and metrics that comprise the "business" operations among healthcare entities. Read More

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ATA welcomes Spireon as new Featured Product provider.

September 10, 2015

Named to ATA Featured Product program, Spireon uses GPS and fleet telematics to connect carriers and truck drivers, allowing them to manage their fleets, monitor real-time data, improve driver behavior, enhance safety, and increase productivity. Spireon's Fleet and Asset Intelligence solution provides fleet managers with tools necessary to make smarter trailer utilization decisions while protecting their fleet investment and yielding higher driver satisfaction. Read More

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CLEEN Environmental Program begins new phase.

September 10, 2015

FAA announced that it has awarded $100 million in contracts to 8 companies to develop and demonstrate technologies that reduce fuel consumption, emissions, and noise under the second phase of its Continuous Lower Energy, Emissions, and Noise program. Five-year CLEEN II program will build on success of original CLEEN program, a public-private partnership that began in 2010 and is a key part of FAA's NextGen efforts to make aviation more environmentally friendly. Read More

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Registration Opens for 2016 ASHRAE Conference and AHR Expo.

September 10, 2015

ASHRAE 2016 Winter Conference (January 23–27) and AHR Expo (January 25–27) will be held, respectively, at Orlando Hilton and neighboring Orange County Convention Center in FL. There will be 200+ Professional Development Hours available via ASHRAE Learning Institute courses and Technical Program sessions, and latter will feature more than 100 sessions and 300 speakers over 8 tracks. Other offerings include onsite certification administration, Technical Tours, and keynote speaker Laura Schwartz. Read More

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ASHRAE Announces Online Courses for 2015 fall session.

September 10, 2015

For its fall session, ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI) will offer 10 online professional development seminars focused on commissioning, environmental quality, energy efficiency, HVAC applications, and standards and guidelines. These instructor-led courses, accessible from anywhere via Internet, offer continuing education units/professional development hours upon completion. Information offered therein is timely, in-depth, practical, and beyond fundamental level. Read More

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Manufacturing Day welcomes two Bronze-level sponsors.

September 10, 2015

Roster of Manufacturing DaySM 2015 sponsors has added 2 key supporters as American Foundry Society and Mastercam recently pledged their support for this national movement at the Bronze level. American Foundry Society renewed their sponsorship for third year and Mastercam is a sponsor for the first time. Sponsors provide resources to support manufacturers participating in the program, a grassroots effort by U.S. manufacturers to improve public perception of manufacturing in America. Read More