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March 5, 2014: January Construction Spending Posts Biggest Increase Since 2006

Growth Comes Despite Harsh Winter Weather
March 5, 2014

Total construction spending in January posted the largest year-over-year increase since 2006, with growth in public construction as well as private residential and nonresidential spending, according to an analysis of new Census Bureau data by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).


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March 4, 2014: New Energy Research Lab to be Built at PNNL

Facility Will House Work on Power Grid, Energy Efficiency, Sustainability, and More
March 4, 2014

Construction on a new energy research facility at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) campus will start this April. Research conducted there will address the smart grid, integration of renewable energy into the grid, reducing energy use in buildings, and more.


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March 4, 2014: LA Testing Provides Mold, IAQ Testing of Crawl Spaces

California Residents Get Testing Services to Identify Contamination Issues
March 4, 2014

LA Testing announced that it is providing testing for mold and indoor air quality (IAQ) issues in crawl spaces. The company offers the sampling equipment and analysis to identify mold and other IAQ contaminants.


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March 4, 2014: Shipments of Smart Building Networking Devices Expanding, Says Report

Building Owners and Operators Are Realizing the Cost Savings Offered by Automated, Real-Time Control
March 4, 2014

Building automation systems rely on networks of sensors, switches, and other devices, along with software tools, to provide a real-time view of the current state of a building. The market for networked building controls is expanding as building owners and operators realize the cost savings offered by automated, real-time control.


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March 3, 2014: Broan-NuTone Wins International Service Excellence Award

Company Receives Award for Second Straight Year
March 3, 2014

Broan-NuTone®, a leading manufacturer of residential ventilation products, has been awarded the 2013 International Service Excellence Award in the Medium Business category from the Customer Service Institute of America for the second consecutive year. 


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March 3, 2014: Over 90 Percent of Green Homeowners Would Recommend a Green Home

Study Highlights Homeowner Satisfaction Levels
March 3, 2014

Ninety-four percent of green homeowners responded that they would recommend a green home to a friend, according to a national survey of homeowners who purchased a National Green Building Standard (NGBS)-certified green home built within the past three years. 


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March 3, 2014: Nonresidential Construction Backlog Hits Post-Recession High

Nonresidential Construction to Be Among Nation’s Stronger Segments
March 3, 2014

The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) hit a post-recession high in the fourth quarter of 2013, growing from 8.2 months to 8.3 months (1.3 percent). Compared to the prior year, the CBI is 3.9 percent higher — up from 8 months at the end of 2012.


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Feb. 28, 2014: Energy Efficiency Standardization Roadmap Draft Open for Comment

Standardization Aims to Advance Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment
February 28, 2014

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC) is inviting experts on energy efficiency issues, members of the standardization community, and other stakeholders to submit input on the EESCC Roadmap V1.0 by March 15, 2014.


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Feb. 28, 2014: HeatCAD and LoopCAD Recognized by ACCA as ‘Powered by Manual J’

Review of the Functionality and Capabilities of the Software Ensures Compliance
February 28, 2014

ACCA has recognized Avenir Software’s HeatCAD® (for residential heating and cooling load calculations) and LoopCAD® (for radiant and snow melt system designs) as “Powered by Manual J®.” This is the sixth software provider to earn this designation from ACCA for its product offerings.


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Feb. 28, 2014: ZigBee and IEEE 802.15.4 Standards to Drive Wireless Solutions

They’re Expected to Make Up 43 Percent of Wireless Chipsets Used for Home/Building Energy Management, and More
February 28, 2014

The ZigBee and IEEE 802.15.4 standards are driving wireless smart energy solutions worldwide, according to technology research firm ON World. Between 2012 and 2018, ZigBee and 802.15.4 based systems are expected to make up 43 percent of the wireless chipsets used for home and building energy management, and more.


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