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Sept. 8, 2014: United Rentals Opens New Power & HVAC Branches

Locations Opened in Cincinnati; Detroit; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Salt Lake City
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United Rentals Inc. has announced the further expansion of its specialty branch network with the addition of new Power & HVAC locations. The branches in Cincinnati; Detroit; Raleigh, North Carolina; and Salt Lake City, will provide engineered power and HVAC solutions for commercial, industrial, and governmental customers.


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Sept. 8, 2014: BuildingIQ Enhances Predictive Energy Optimization Software

Software Is Said to Save Users 10 to 25 Percent in HVAC Energy Costs
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BuildingIQ has announced the release of version 4.0 of its software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution to optimize energy use in commercial buildings. The company said the new version builds upon its Predictive Energy Optimization™ software and offers streamlined analytics, increased visibility into savings, and improved managed services.


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Sept. 8, 2014: Lowe’s Survey Finds Most Americans Favorable Toward the Smart Home

Fifty-Two Percent Feel That Having a Smart Home Is at Least Somewhat Important to Them
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A new smart home study released by Lowe’s found that more than 70 percent of smart phone users in America just wish they could control something in their home from their mobile device without getting out of bed. Lowe’s 2014 Smart Home Survey examined Americans’ attitudes and experiences with home automation.


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Sept. 5, 2014: DesignBuilder Eases Whole Building Energy Simulation

Package for Engineers Assists with Integration of Mechanical Systems in Sustainable Building Designs
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DesignBuilder Software has released version 4 of its whole building energy simulation program, DesignBuilder. The company said this new version adds a substantial set of new features and improvements oriented to the different but overlapping needs of engineers and architects.


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Sept. 5, 2014: Optimum Energy Named a ‘Cool Vendor’ in Data Center Power and Cooling Report

Company’s Optimization Solutions Are Uniquely Suited to the Needs of the Data Center Environment
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Optimum Energy, a provider of data-driven HVAC energy optimization for enterprise facilities, announced it has been named as one of five “Cool Vendors in Data Center Infrastructure Management, Power and Cooling, 2014” in a report by Gartner1 Inc., a leading information technology research and advisory company.


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Sept. 5, 2014: EPA and DOJ Announce Settlement with Costco to Cut Refrigerant Emissions

Government Says Costco Failed to Repair Leaks of R-22 Refrigerant Between 2004 and 2007
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) have announced a settlement with Costco Wholesale Corp. in which the company agrees to pay $335,000 in penalties for federal Clean Air Act violations and improve refrigerant management at 274 stores.


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Sept. 4, 2014: ACEEE Announces New Board Members

Board Also Expressed Appreciation to Rose McKinney-James, Who Is Transitioning Off the Board
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The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has announced that Kathrin Winkler of EMC and Michael Sachse of OPower have joined the organization’s board of directors.


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Sept. 4, 2014: New Guide Aids in Employee Safety Compliance

Guide Helps in Getting Problem Workers to Comply
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TalentClick Workforce Solutions Inc. announced it has developed a new safety compliance guide — “Your Complete Guide to Getting Problem Workers to Comply” — that is available free online at www.talentclick.com/guide.


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Sept. 4, 2014: Industry Groups Agree to Collaborate on Green Building

Move Will Coordinate Standard 189.1, International Green Construction Code, and LEED
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ASHRAE, the International Code Council (ICC), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES), and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) agreed to collaborate on the development of Standard 189.1, the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), and the LEED green building program.


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Sept. 3, 2014: Thermoelectric Developer Names Scott Rackey as VP of Business Development

As Company Focuses on Commercialization, Rackey Brings Strategic and Technical Expertise
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GMZ Energy, a developer of high temperature thermoelectric generation (TEG) technology, has announced the appointment of Scott Rackey as vice president of business development. One of his responsibilities is to develop strategic partnerships to help the company continue on its path towards commercialization.


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