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Massachusetts Invests $2.5 Million To Replace Public Housing Heating Systems

Governor Deval Patrick has announced that the state will target $2,513,973 in federal weatherization recovery funds to replace old, inefficient heating systems with new state-of-the-art units for public housing authorities. Targeted housing authorities are in Chicopee, Hopkinton, Leominster, Lunenburg, Mansfield, Middleboro, Provincetown, Randolph, Reading, Spencer, Wakefield, Whitman, Winchendon, Winchester and Woburn. Those heating system upgrade projects will generate jobs, and foster lower energy costs for public housing tenants while improving their living environment through the delivery of smart, clean, energy-efficient warmth. (more) Read More

Historic Gains in Energy Efficiency for New Homes and Commercial Buildings

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High-Temperature Hot Water Explosion at University of Utah

An explosion of a high-temperature water pipe injured 12 workers at a construction site by the HPER Mall. Salt Lake City Fire Department received a report of an explosion around 11 a.m., said Chief Michael Harp.There had apparently been a failure in a water pipe near the HPER Mall. The construction company had already started venting the vault of hot water, and a billow of white steam could be seen from miles away coming from the middle of campus.The area was quickly blocked off to students and faculty by firefighters. Remi Barron, spokesman for the U, said that 12 workers were injured, but only seven were taken to the U Hospital. (more)Follow-up story Read More

Rhode Island Becomes First State To Adopt Green Construction Code

The State of Rhode Island was recognized today at a State House ceremony for becoming the first state in the nation to adopt the International Green Construction Code (IGCC). Representatives of the International Code Council honored the distinction by presenting an award to Governor Donald Carcieri, Department of Administration director Rosemary Booth-Gallogly, and Commissioner of the State Building Code Commission John Leyden, for the state’s “commitment to a safe and sustainable future, and paving the way for other states to adopt greener building practices for public buildings.” The Rhode Island Green Buildings Act, which was signed into law by Governor Carcieri in 2009 and applied to all buildings going into the design phase after January 1, 2010, has identified the International Green Construction Code as an equivalent standard that is in compliance with the requirement that all public major facility projects be designed and constructed as green buildings. (more) Read More

Empire State Building’s Greener Window Retrofits Complete

6,514 windows of the Empire State Building were refurbished using a ground-breaking process in which 96% of the existing frames and glass were reused. The refurbishment alone will cut annual energy costs by more than $400,000. The landmark made an announcement on Wednesday about completing a building-wide window refurbishment. This initiative is part of the innovative energy retrofit project announced in April 2009 with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and President Bill Clinton, along with seven other measures implemented at the building.  (more) Read More

National Grid Renews Residential Natural Gas Energy Efficiency Program for Upstate New York Customers

ALBANY, NY (10/05/2010)(readMedia)-- National Grid is helping customers reduce their environmental impact and their energy bills with the renewal of its residential natural gas energy efficiency program that provides rebates for energy saving equipment in the home. Due to the overwhelming response to this program last year, National Grid exhausted its funding for the initiative last spring, but has received additional funding to renew the program. "As a result of last year's response to this program, we have established a rebate reservation list this year," said Lisa Tallet, manager of residential energy efficiency programs for New York State. "Our web site will update so customers can see how much funding is available in the program when they apply." All customers must reserve incentive funding by completing the online rebate reservation. "National Grid is committed to providing its customers efficiency programs that can reduce energy usage and energy costs," Tallet said. ... Read More

Taco Announces New Zone Sentry® Zone Valve

The wait is over; the Zone Sentry is here!! The long anticipated release of the industry's premier zone valve has arrived. The Zone Sentry was showcased at the 2010 NAOHSM Convention and Trade Show and was received with a great deal of excitement. In order to ensure the highest quality product possible we have completed over 2 years of field testing on a wide variety of systems and applications throughout the US and Canada. In addition, hundreds of thousands of cycles and exhaustive testing has been completed in our lab here at Taco. Features and Advantages                     Uses up to 93% less energy than other commonly installed zone valves                     Quiet Actuator Operation                     Suitable for condensing environments                     Universal installation orientation                     Up to 12 valves on (1) 40VA transformer                     Multi function LED assists with troubleshooting                     Easy to wire quick connections                     Bidirectional flow (you can't install ... Read More Launches Steam Heating App

October 1, 2010 - has launched an iPhone and iPad application dedicated to troubleshooting and solving problems with steam heating systems. Based on Dan Holohan’s popular book A Pocketful of Steam Problems (with Solutions), the app walks you through the problems that your steam heating system is experiencing and gives expert advice and solutions.  “All you have to do is go to the section of the app that describes the problem your having with your steam system,” says Dan Holohan, President of “Then just click for all the possible things that can cause that problem. With this app in your pocket, you’ll be the one with the answers, and you’ll have them in an instant!” The app is broad and filled with useful information on one-pipe, two-pipe, vapor/vacuum, vacuum, and commercial steam systems. iPhone and iPad users can visit Apple’s iTunes store to download this app for just ... Read More

Grundfos posts strong interim gains in sales and profits

Danish Pump group Grundfos has delivered turnover of €1.2 billion and a profit before tax of €103 million in the first six months of 2010. The interim Grundfos turnover is 12% up on the first six months of 2009 and is at the same level as in 2008 which was a record year for the pump manufacturer. This year, Grundfos turnover has increased in all sales regions, with particularly strong gains in India, Russia and China. Profit before tax in the first six months of 2010 reached €103 million, up from €11.5 million at the mid point last year.Grundfos Group president Carsten Bjerg said that the interim result was extremely satisfactory. "Like so many others we were hit by the financial crisis in 2009 and we lost turnover. However, we managed to gain a profit after all. The wheels are turning again, little by little, around the world but we ... Read More

New Jersey lawmakers pushing solar mandate for new schools

Of all the places to plant a crop of solar panels, proponents suggest that few are better than the roof of a school. Consider its primary physical attribute: all that, often, flat surface - assuming, of course, it is not shaded by a dense tree canopy. And the economic appeal: There's the drop in energy costs that going solar provides, and the opportunity for school districts to make money by selling the power harnessed from the summer sun that's not needed when classrooms are empty and the lights are off. Working off that premise, New Jersey legislators are pushing a bill that would prohibit the commissioner of education from approving construction of any new school unless plans include solar panels. Bill A1084, which passed the Assembly Education Committee on Sept. 16, would apply to schools built by a school district or by the New Jersey Schools Development Authority. In Pennsylvania, ... Read More
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