Caldwell School District has opened the state of Idaho’s first school to pursue Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification - Van Buren Elementary - with the help of McKinstry, an Idaho-based building expert that provided mechanical engineering services and sustainability consulting.
A new class of economically viable solar power cells - cheap, flexible, and easy to make - has come a step closer to reality as a result of research at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where scientists have deepened their understanding of the complex organic films at the heart of the devices.
Veolia Energy North America awarded a design/build contract to Progressive AE to upgrade its Grand Rapids district heating and cooling system. The firm is designing and installing a cutting-edge condensing heat exchanger, a sophisticated heat recovery technology that will reduce the volume of fuel consumed by at least 5 percent.
Through its Advanced Reciprocating Engine Systems (ARES) program, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Industrial Technologies Program (ITP) seeks to help industry take advantage of reduced natural gas prices by introducing options for engine development for distributed energy and combined heat and power (CHP) applications.
Abengoa Solar is building large-scale parabolic trough solar installations in Arizona and New York. The hot water produced at the Arizona plant will be used in the treatment of contaminated water. In the New York application, solar energy will deliver heating, cooling, and humidity control for the manufacturing facilities at a piano factory.
DuPont has announced plans with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for a $9 million solar research program. The program is designed to accelerate commercialization of a protective film that prevents moisture from degrading the performance of thin-film photovoltaic (PV) modules, a key challenge in the past.
TKDA, an employee-owned engineering, architecture, and planning firm, has received a national award for its design of an innovative, environmentally friendly steam generating facility for Andersen Corp. The award was given by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) at an event held in Washington, D.C.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has announced a new initiative - the New York Energy $martSM Focus on Healthcare - to help health care facilities in identifying cost-effective investments in energy efficiency that will improve overall energy performance.
When building officials questioned whether HVAC fabric air dispersion could outperform metal ductwork/register systems in a new $17 million community center, consulting engineering firm Millcreek Engineering Co. used its own custom-designed proprietary modeling software to demonstrate its performance.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a proposed finding that greenhouse gases contribute to air pollution that may endanger public health or welfare. The proposed finding, which now moves to a public comment period, identified six greenhouse gases that pose a potential threat.