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HVAC permits, inspections to be required in Ky.

FRANKFORT, Ky. — New regulations in Kentucky that take effect Saturday will require contractors to apply for permits and have inspections conducted for new heating or air conditioning systems.The Kentucky Public Protection Cabinet says the regulations also apply to homeowners installing a system in a new home or an initial system in an existing home. (more) Read More

DOE to Provide $7 Million to Support Updated Building Codes in 24 States

The Department of Energy (DOE) announced today that it has selected 24 states to receive a total of $7 million to support the adoption of updated, energy-efficient building codes. The funding will expand the existing partnerships between states and the federal government and help states to more rapidly adopt new residential and commercial building codes, as well increase compliance with those codes. As part of the Administration’s broad efforts to help families and businesses save money by saving energy, these awards will help states and local communities significantly cut the energy intensity of the nation’s buildings sector, which accounts for more than 40 percent of the energy consumed in the U.S. (more) Read More

Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating seeks clarification on consumer safety bill

The Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) is gearing up to meet with Health Canada in January to raise industry concerns related to implementation of the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act. The legislation, which received royal assent in mid-December, requires manufacturers, importers and distributors to report product-related safety incidents and provide testing and study results on products when required to do so by the federal department. (more) Read More

AO Smith to sell electric motor division to Regal Beloit

AO Smith Corp has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Electrical Products Co to Regal Beloit Corp in a deal valued at US$875 million.Electrical Products Co is one of the largest manufacturers of electric motors for residential and commercial applications in North America. AO Smith chairman and CEO Paul Jones said: “The electric motor industry has been undergoing a significant transformation over the last several years due to global consolidation and the emergence of a number of international competitors. The consolidation in the marketplace, which has accelerated this year, prompted us to evaluate the potential sale of our motor business, with the expectation that we would reinvest the proceeds into high growth opportunities.” With the sale of its electrical products business, AO Smith's core business will be manufacturing residential and commercial water heating equipment and water purification equipment, which reported sales of US$1.1 billion for the first nine months ... Read More

Maine school rejects energy saving grant

LEE, Maine (AP) — A school in eastern Maine is rejecting a $300,000 federal grant to install a new wood-chip boiler because of uncertainty about changing federal regulations. Lee Academy Headmaster Bruce Lindberg says the Federal Environmental Protection Agency is expected to tighten regulations of boiler emissions next year, so buying the boiler, even with the help of the grant, could have increased the project's cost by as much as 30 percent.The plan had called for using the federal stimulus grant as part of a $745,000 project to install a pellet boiler that would have heated three buildings and saved 26,600 gallons of fuel oil a year.Lindberg tells the Bangor Daily News school officials are researching other energy options for the school. (source) Read More

Philadelphia Eagles to take stadium off power grid

(Reuters) - The Philadelphia Eagles are taking their stadium off the power grid and converting Lincoln Financial Field to one that will allow the stadium to generate all its own electricity from renewable sources, team officials said on Thursday. The NFL club plans to install solar panels, wind turbines and an alternative-fuels power plant the Eagles say will save them $60 million on electricity costs over 20 years.The savings "prove that sustainable energy policies are consistent with sound business practices," club owner Jeffrey Lurie said at a ceremony in the 70,000-seat field.The Eagles have contracted with Solar Blue, an Orlando-based renewable energy company, to install 80 20-foot (6.1-meter) wind turbines on the upper rim of the stadium and about 2,500 solar panels.The turbines and panels will each contribute about 15 percent of the output while the rest will be generated by a plant that can run on biofuels or natural ... Read More

Boston council tightens energy guidelines

he Boston City Council on Thursday approved stricter energy efficiency regulations for new buildings in the city, which could lead to an energy savings of 20 percent beyond current state requirements. The so-called “stretch code” rules were adopted unanimously by the council, and will take effect next July. The code requires new residential and commercial buildings to achieve approximately 20 percent better efficiency than is required by the state’s base energy code. The stretch code doesn’t mandate specific efficiency measures, but allows developers the flexibility to choose “cost effective and appropriate green design solutions,” the office of Mayor Thomas Menino said in an announcement of the vote. The new code will keep Boston “at the forefront of innovation in high performance green buildings, while helping save property owners and tenants on utility bills, reducing our carbon footprint and growing the local clean tech economy,” Menino said in the announcement. Menino ... Read More

Biden rolls out home energy efficiency program

WASHINGTON -- Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday unveiled a new federal program to make it easier for Americans to make their homes more energy efficient, saying it will help people save money and create new jobs for contractors. The three-step program, called Recovery Through Retrofit, will offer new software for contractors to easily show people how much they can save, offer low-cost financing to help people pay for home improvements and set new guidelines for contractors to assure the public the work is done right. Biden, who announced the plan at the White House, said that it will give families "the tools they need to invest in home energy upgrades. Together, these programs will grow the home retrofit industry and help middle-class families save money and energy." The Obama administration didn't immediately release estimates of either the costs of the program or how many jobs it could create. The ... Read More

Dan Holohan's new seminar

Dan Holohan will present his new seminar, The World of Green Heating, on Saturday afternoon, January 15, 2011 in Sprinfield, PA, as a charity event to benefit Oil Heat Cares. The full details are HERE. There's room for 60 people. Read More

Beware of smart keys

BROOKLYN (CN) - Toyota's "Smart Key" technology, which allows cars to be started and run without inserting an ignition key, allowed a woman to die of carbon monoxide poisoning and crippled her roommate with permanent disabling injuries, the injured woman claims in Federal Court.      Mary Rivera claims Toyota's Smart Key allowed her to accidentally leave her Lexus running in the garage underneath her Queens home. Rivera says she "either inadvertently forgot to shut down the engine of the subject vehicle, or pushed the start button in an effort to do so but was unsuccessful."     Rivera adds: "After exiting the vehicle, plaintiff Mary Rivera did not realize that the subject vehicle was running when she entered her home with the Smart key fob. Toyota specifically touts the facts that the subject model vehicle's engine is both quiet and smooth and, as a result, plaintiff Mary Rivera could not hear the idling engine ... Read More
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