Chryso, GCP parent company takes global sustainable construction pulse

Sources: Saint-Gobain Group, Paris; CP staff A survey aimed at better understanding stakeholder perceptions and levers to accelerate adoption of sustainable construction finds that implementation of related practices will only be effective if it matches local realities. Advocates of such practices must likewise work to ensure stakeholders are better informed, better trained, and committed. The Sustainable Construction Barometer is based…

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A Better Home for the Future

Insurance cost factors attending traditional wood-frame homes are compelling builders to consider more robust solutions, especially in the face of their properties’ potential exposure to high winds, flooding and wildfires. While underwriting and government agency officials grapple with challenges for individual homeowners and communities, there is growing discussion as to the future of residential construction and single-family home durability. Some…

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Digital appraisal service reveals motor energy saving opportunities

A new service is enabling industrial operators to maximize energy efficiency and boost sustainability by identifying motor-driven equipment in their facilities with the best energy-saving potential. The ABB Ability Digital Powertrain Energy Appraisal service draws on data measured from fleets of digitally connected electric motors and variable frequency drives to show where and how much energy can be saved by…

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Building Energy Efficiency in Roofing and Walls

According to the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, homes and commercial buildings consume 40 percent of the energy used in the United States. The average American spends at least $2,000 annually paying for energy, with about $200 to $400 of that bill going towards regulating temperatures caused by drafts, air leaks around openings and…

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EPA campaign targets commercial building energy efficiency

New U.S. Environmental Protection Agency initiatives will provide policymakers and commercial building owners resources to reduce emissions from more than 6 million commercial and multifamily buildings. Through decades of partnership with EPA’s Energy Star program, private and public building owners have significantly reduced their emissions and energy costs by improving their properties’ energy efficiency and performance. Many cities and states…

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Energy Department, Meritage Homes probe walls’ thermal mass

Sources: Electric Power Research Institute, Palo Alto, Calif.; CP staff A $65 million Department of Energy (DOE) program will support technologies enabling energy-efficient homes or buildings to interact with one another and the electric grid, potentially lowering greenhouse gas emission levels and improving power infrastructure. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette announced the funding commitment during an Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)…

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Energy Star cement mills log Btu savings by the trillions

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.; CP staff

Thirteen portland cement plants earned U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star Certification for 2019: Alamo Cement Co., San Antonio; Argos USA, Calera, Ala. and Harleyville, S.C.; Ash Grove Cement, Seattle; Buzzi Unicem USA, Festus, Mo. and Chattanooga, Tenn.; CalPortland Co., Rillito, Ariz.; Cemex USA, Brooksville and Miami, Fla.; GCC of America, Pueblo, Colo.; Salt River Materials, Clarkdale, Ariz.; plus, Titan America, Medley, Fla. and Troutville, Va. 

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Council grades states on energy efficiency through building, vehicle metrics

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As the federal government loosens environmental rules, states are investing more in energy efficiency and delivering increased power savings. Based on 32 metrics in six areas, including building and vehicle performance, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s (ACEEE) 12th annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard cites leaders California and Massachusetts; laggards North Dakota, West Virginia and Wyoming; and, states with the highest year-over-year improvements, notably New Jersey.

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Energy efficiency council ranks building and vehicle leaders, laggards

Sources: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

As the federal government loosens environmental rules, states are investing more in energy efficiency and delivering increased power savings. Based on 32 metrics in six areas, including building and vehicle performance, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s (ACEEE) 12th annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard cites leaders California and Massachusetts; laggards North Dakota, West Virginia and Wyoming; and, states with the highest year-over-year improvements, notably New Jersey. 

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