Industry News

Energy Standard 2010 Results

ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2010, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, was published in November 2010. 


Agua Caliente Solar Project

The DOE has announced a loan guarantee of up to $967 million for the Agua Caliente Solar project in Yuma County, AZ.  The Agua Caliente project will create approximately 400 jobs and produce a 290-megawatt photovoltaic solar generating facility, utilizing thin film panels from First Solar, Inc.


Sustainable Communities Building Blocks

The EPA has announced the formation of Sustainable Communities Building Blocks, a program designed to help communities adopt sustainable planning methods.  Interested communities are invited to apply for technical assistance; the application period begins on February 3 and ends February 23, 2011.


RTKL Develops LEED for Hospitality

RTKL has completed participation in a year-long working committee known as the Hospitality Adaptations Working Group, facilitated by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) that was charged with developing sustainable design guidelines for hospitality facilities. 


February Is National Care About Your Indoor Air Month

February 2011 has been designated as National Care About Your Indoor Air Month. Poor IAQ has improved in North America over the past few decades but it is still a significant problem in homes, schools, offices, and medical facilities.


Advanced Technology Vehicles: One Million by 2015

Vice President Biden took the “White House to Main Street Tour” to Greenfield, Indiana, and visited manufacturer Ener1, Inc, with the plan of bringing one million advanced energy vehicles to U.S. roads by 2015. 

Could the World be Powered by Alternative Energy?

A study coauthored by Standford researcher Mark Z. Jacobson states that the world could be powered by today’s existing alternative energy solutions within the next 20 to 40 years, with societal and political support.


Green Tips for Data Centers

ASHRAE is rolling out a new book, Green Tips for Data Centers, to assist building operators and facility managers in optimizing energy efficiency in existing datacom facilities.