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WirelessHART® approved as European National Standard.

August 2, 2010

HART® Communication Foundation announced that the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) has approved WirelessHART® specification as European National Standard EN 62591. CEN released the standard to CENELEC, the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization, whose members are the national electrotechnical committees of 31 European countries. Approval confirms global acceptance of WirelessHART technology by users and suppliers. Read More

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NREL Solar Collector pre-heats air coming into buildings.

August 2, 2010

By using dark-colored, perforated metal plate on south side of a building, NREL scientists have perfected a way for buildings to pre-heat air coming in, reducing need for additional heating energy. Fan added to building's existing ventilation system slowly draws warmed ventilation air into building through plate. Solar energy absorbed by dark plate is transferred to air flowing through it, efficiently preheating air going into building as much as 40°F. Read More

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NTSB Safety Recommendations A-10-105 through -118 issued to FAA.

August 2, 2010

NTSB's recommendations include guidelines for research into effects of wind conditions at airports located downwind of mountainous terrain, and call for archiving of low-level windshear alert system data at these airports. They also cover rules for air traffic controllers on providing pilots with wind data and use of acquired data in pilot simulator training programs. Safety of cockpit crew seats and modification of galley latches to include mechanical fasteners is also covered. Read More

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Manufacturers support passage of Miscellaneous Tariff Bill.

July 30, 2010

According to NAM President and CEO John Engler, manufacturers are pleased that the Senate passed Miscellaneous Tariff Bill, HR 4380. NAM has been working to educate Congress on the importance of this bill and how it will preserve and expand American jobs. Legislation will also cut costs of doing business in U.S. and boost American manufacturing exports. Studies show that if enacted, these provisions would increase production by $4.6 billion and support almost 90,000 jobs. Read More

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Airport Upgrade Made Possible by Recovery Act funding.

July 30, 2010

US DoT's FAA celebrated opening of Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport's upgrade, which was paid for with $3 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds. Specifically, money helped Chattanooga Airport complete aircraft parking area that will aid in relieving congestion. FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt noted, "Recovery Act dollars are helping airports of all sizes maintain and improve their critical infrastructure." Read More

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ASHRAE VP testifies to DOE on sustainable design standards.

July 30, 2010

U.S. DOE hearing on July 27 covered notice of proposed rulemaking on energy efficiency and sustainable design standards for new federal buildings and major renovations of them. ASHRAE VP Ross Montgomery encouraged DOE's Federal Energy Management Program to reference ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1 compliance option of IGCC to meet requirements in rulemaking. Standard is first code-intended green building standard in U.S. and covers topics similar to green building rating systems. Read More

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Senate Commended on Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act.

July 30, 2010

NEMA commends US Senate on its passage, by unanimous consent, of S. 3250, the Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act, which will help reduce energy consumption of federal government by training federal facility managers to implement and properly use existing energy-efficient technologies. While encouraging House to follow suit, NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis said this can help reduce overall dependence on foreign oil while also reducing carbon footprint of federal government. Read More

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Equipment Finance Economic Activity shows modest growth.

July 30, 2010

Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25) shows overall new business volume for June up 6% against same period in 2009 and up 25% compared to prior month. Receivables over 30 days declined to 3.3%, while charge-offs showed slight increase from prior month but steep decline from one year earlier. Also, number of credit approvals climbed to 70% in June, and 2/3 of participating organizations reported submitting more transactions for approval during month. Read More

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PMI® Global Congress 2010 to include address by DHS official.

July 30, 2010

Department of Homeland Security's CIO Richard Spires will address attendees of PMI® Global Congress 2010 - North America on Monday, October, 11, 2010 from 8:30-9:15 am EST. Spires' presentation will cover management of large IT programs in Federal government, highlighting DHS initiatives to institutionalize best practices. Appointed in September 2009, Spires is responsible for department's $6.4 billion investment in IT. Event will take place from October 9-12 in Washington DC. Read More

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Papers Sought on alternative technologies, net-zero buildings.

July 29, 2010

Papers addressing advances in alternative technologies and net-zero energy buildings as well as HVAC/R fundamentals and commissioning are being sought for ASHRAE 2011 Annual Conference, which will take place June 25-29 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Deadline for submissions is September 17, 2010. Conference's technical program takes place June 26-29 and includes paper presentations as well as non-paper presentations. Approved papers are published in ASHRAE Transactions. Read More

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2009 Industrial/Toxics Release Data is publicly available.

July 29, 2010

EPA is making Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data available via its website as well as TRI Explorer and Envirofacts tools. Database contains environmental release and transfer data on nearly 650 chemicals and chemical categories reported by 21,000+ industrial and other facilities between January 1 and December 31, 2009. Representing over 80% of data expected to be reported for 2009, preliminary dataset lets communities find out about releases and transfers of chemicals at local level. Read More

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FMA offers update of metal fabrication training resource.

July 29, 2010

Third edition of Metal Fabrication - A Practical Guide serves as basis for comprehensive training curriculum in metal fabrication, and is suited for classroom and on-the-job instruction programs. Book covers shop mathematics, blueprint reading, metallurgy, layout methods for precision fabrication, shop safety section, and basic machine operations. New to edition are topics on laser cutting and waterjet cutting, expanded section on plasma cutting, and review questions at end of each chapter. Read More

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Product Safety Group seeks to strengthen information sharing.

July 29, 2010

Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)'s working group on consumer product safety intends to advance a program to improve information sharing and promote cooperation among enforcement authorities worldwide. Specifically, group will tackle 10-point action plan to include short-, medium-, and long-term actions to promote consumer product safety nationally and internationally. First initiative is to create global recalls database. Read More

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Voluntary Standards cover attic ladders and biometrics.

July 29, 2010

American Ladder Institute released ANSI-ASC A14.9-2010, Safety Requirements for Disappearing Attic Stairways, which prescribes rules for design, construction, and use of permanently installed metal or wood disappearing attic stairways in household or commercial settings. Recently published ANSI X9.84-2010, Biometric Information Management and Security for the Financial Services Industry, provides guidance on use of biometrics in transaction-based systems. Read More

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Biofuel Trade Associations express support for tax policy.

July 29, 2010

As Congress takes action on tax incentive packages, advanced biofuel trade associations reemphasized importance of advanced biofuels as opportunities for U.S. to reduce reliance on oil and create green jobs. BIO, ABFA, and Algal Biomass Organization thanked Ways and Means Committee Chairman Sander Levin (D-Mich.) for introducing legislation that would make algae and other second-generation biofuels eligible for cellulosic biofuels production tax credit and create optional investment tax credit. Read More

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ANSI-Hosted Israel and China Delegations meet in Washington DC.

July 28, 2010

ANSI hosted SII representatives on July 12, 2010, in meeting that included discussions on U.S. standards strategy and StandardsPortal, as well as topics of interest to ANSI Homeland Security Standards Panel. On July 13, Ministry of Commerce of The People's Republic of China officials visited ANSI's headquarters for meeting led by ANSI's Joe Bhatia. StandardsPortal was also covered here and attendees discussed possible opportunities for future collaboration in standards and conformance. Read More

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Proposed Plan hopes to double US exports in 5 years.

July 28, 2010

Along with 2 other organizations, NAM proposed approach to double US exports in 5 years. Each organization will outline policy changes needed to improve market access and level playing field in competitive global market. Essential points include enacting pending trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea; pursuing new trade agreements; and reducing non-tariff barriers. Infrastructure investments and trade facilitation initiatives are also recommended. Read More

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NAPSO forms identity verification standard consensus group.

July 28, 2010

As a result of meeting held July 12-13, 2010, North American Security Products Organization announced launch of consensus body supporting creation of American National Standard to define minimum standards for proof and verification of personal identity. Critical work of consensus body is guided by scope statement that defines goals of project. Based upon this scope, work will include development of ANS and implementation guidelines. Read More

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Inhomogeneous Materials Workshop focuses on transition toughness.

July 28, 2010

To be held in San Antonio, TX on November 17, workshop on Evaluation of Ductile-to-Brittle Transition Toughness of Inhomogeneous Materials will present information to support specific acceptance criteria and requirements for standardizing treatment of material inhomogeneity with ASTM E1921. Additionally, presentations on evaluating material inhomogeneity using master curve approach will be sought. Read More

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ASTM Workshop to address PCRs for building products.

July 28, 2010

Scheduled for Oct 11, 2010, workshop titled Product Category Rules for Building Products: Building the Infrastructure for Environmental Product Declarations will explore activities underway in development of PCRs and EPDs and chart the course ahead. Participants will take a look back at accomplishments over past year and develop work plan of prioritized needs for continued PCR development. Workshop will close with working session targeting specific issues and modeling upcoming work. Read More