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Housing Starts Rise 3.9 Percent in November

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Housing starts rose 3.9 percent in November to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 555,000 units from an upwardly revised number in the previous month, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. This marked the first upward movement in new home production since August, and was entirely attributable to a nearly 7 percent gain in single-family home building.
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Ingersoll Rand Discovers Hidden Savings With Tiered Energy Audit

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Ingersoll Rand has made energy ef­ficiency a priority by joining the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Industrial Technologies Program (ITP) Save Energy Now LEADER initiative. Since implementing a tiered internal energy audit program in 2005, the company has saved more than $4 million in energy costs.
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Partnership Encourages HVAC, Facilities Maintenance Trade Careers for At-Risk Youth

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QwikProducts has announced a partnership with the Home Builders Institute (HBI), the workforce development arm of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The partnership offers specialized HVACR and building maintenance training/certifications from QwikProducts to students in HBI Job Corps programs.
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Diebold and McKenney's Team Up to Provide Advanced Monitoring Solutions

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Diebold Inc. and major design-build mechanical contracting and systems integration firm, McKenney’s Inc., have teamed to provide advanced monitoring services to McKenney’s customer base across the southeastern United States.
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Medical Center's CHP Plant to Deliver Significant Cost and Energy Savings

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently helped Thermal Energy Corp. (TECO) celebrate the opening of a new combined heat and power (CHP) plant at the Texas Medical Center in Houston. The dedication ceremony marked the completion of the 48 megawatt facility that will provide steam, chilled water, and electricity.
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IKEA Geothermal System Could Be Benchmark for Other Retail Applications

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IKEA, the Swedish home furnishings retailer, has teamed with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to showcase and study the advantages of a geothermal heating and cooling system currently under construction in Centennial, Colo.
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HTS Texas Helps More Than 25 Schools ‘Chill Out' for New School Year

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While many students associate the beginning of a school year with the end of summer, outside Texas temperatures suggest otherwise. To combat triple-digit August heat, school districts across the state recently tapped HTS Texas to supply energy-efficient, state-of-the-art cooling systems just in time for students’ arrival.
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Green Building Is Growing Rapidly on U.S. Campuses, Says Expert

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Based on a study of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) project database, Yudelson Associates has released a new white paper, “Green Building Trends in Higher Education,” stating that sustainable management, design, and operations are rapidly growing practices at American universities.
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NREL and 3M Launch Clean Energy R&D Partnership

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The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and 3M, the St. Paul, Minn.-based technology company, have embarked on research and development partnerships in three areas of clean energy innovation: thin-film solar cells, concentrating solar power, and biofuels.
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Commerce Secretary Says U.S. Needs to Become Clean Energy Leader

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The 21st annual Energy Efficiency Forum featured keynote speaker Gary Locke, secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Locke emphasized the need for the U.S. to aggressively pursue, and become a leader, in clean energy development.
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