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EPA announces Energy Star tool for homeowners.

December 15, 2014

EPA is launching its Energy Star Home Advisor, an online tool designed to help Americans save money and energy by improving energy efficiency of their homes. Updated tool guides homeowner through do-it-yourself energy assessment to create an Energy Star home profile. Based on created profile, Home Advisor provides customized, prioritized recommendations for improvements from which users can create their own to-do lists of projects, such as adding insulation to attic. Read More

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HI announces date for Rotodynamic Pumps webinar.

December 15, 2014

Hydraulic Institute has collaborated with NPSH committee members in developing technical webinar that focuses on NPSH and its relationship to cavitation and other pump operation. Titled Rotodynamic Pumps: Guidelines for NPSH Margin, webinar instructs participants on how to calculate available NPSH, understand how insufficient NPSHA will affect pump operation and what NPSH margin is needed to ensure performance longevity. Webinar will be conducted January 13, 2015 at 1:00 pm ET. Read More

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ASTM Standards address fiber-reinforced polymer inspection.

December 15, 2014

ASTM WK46050, Guide for the Inspection of Bond Critical FRP Applications for Concrete Structures in Power Generation Facilities, and ASTM WK46051, Guide for the Inspection of Bond Critical FRP Applications for Steel Structures in Power Generation Facilities, have been proposed to provide approach to QC inspection and reporting for fiber-reinforced polymers in all industries. Both standards provide guidance during inspection, testing, and reporting of installation of structural FRP system. Read More

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Proposed ASTM Standard helps foster sustainable manufacturing.

December 15, 2014

ASTM WK35702, Guide for Evaluation of Environmental Aspects of Sustainability of Manufacturing Processes, describes methods with which to enhance resource efficiency at manufacturing process level while considering environmental impacts. According to ASTM's Paul Witherell, this standard "will help identify opportunities in operations planning, provide guidelines for collecting data and give insight into how to calculate metrics on which informed decisions can be made." Read More

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EPA Committee issues report on ecological restoration.

December 15, 2014

Good Neighbor Environmental Board issued 16th annual report to the president, which examines environmental degradation in US–Mexico border region and recommends actions to protect and restore border environment. Some recommendations include: incorporating low-impact infrastructure design and supporting conservation efforts to avoid resource damage; actively engaging local, state, Tribal, and Mexican government partners; and addressing irrigation, wastewater, and other flow management issues. Read More

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Blue Ribbon Study Panel will provide crucial guidance.

December 12, 2014

Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense will identify and recommend changes to U.S. policy and law to strengthen national biodefense and preparedness while optimizing resource investments with goal of issuing a report in the spring of 2015. Study will be directed by Dr. Robert Kadlec, former special assistant to the President for homeland security and senior director for biological defense policy in the White House Homeland Security Council. Read More

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ASTM Proposes Standard for thermal transport properties testing.

December 12, 2014

Proposed standard ASTM WK46204, Test Method for Determination of Thermal Conductivity and Thermal Diffusivity of Solids and Fluids Using the Transient Plane Source or Hot Disc Method, is being developed by Subcommittee E37.05 on Thermophysical Properties. Described test can be designed to match different specimen sizes and allow for measurements to be made in gaseous and vacuum environments at range of temperatures and pressures. Read More

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IPC APEX EXPO Keynotes will inspire, enlighten, and entertain.

December 12, 2014

On February 24, during IPC APEX EXPO 2015, Robbie Bach, former president of entertainment and devices at Microsoft, Xbox visionary, and civic activist, will present opening keynote titled, "The Xbox Story: Lessons in Strategy, Team Management and Entrepreneurship." On February 25, Stanton Friedman, nuclear physicist, lecturer, and UFO researcher, will challenge attendees on their knowledge of UFOs as he draws on more than 40 years of UFO research. Read More