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Oct. 1, 2014: Study Shows Growing Demand for LEED Professionals Across Building Sector

Study Examines Job Postings That Required a LEED Credential

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced the results of a study of job postings from across the United States, revealing that demand for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) and LEED Green Associate credentials grew 46 percent over a 12-month period.


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Oct. 1, 2014: Telkonet Energy Efficiency Technology a Finalist in Fierce Innovation Awards

EcoSmart Intelligent Energy Management System Rated Highly Among Major Utility Executives

Telkonet Inc. has announced its selection as a finalist in this year’s Fierce Innovation Awards: Energy Edition, a utility-reviewed awards program from the publishers of FierceEnergy and FierceSmartGrid. Telkonet was recognized as a finalist in the category of Energy Efficiency.


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Sept. 30, 2014: Veolia to Manage Operations of Saddleback College’s Cogeneration Plant

Veolia Will Also Manage Several Capital Improvements

Veolia North America announced the award of a five-year contract with the South Orange County Community College District to provide operation and maintenance (O&M) of its central cogeneration plant at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California.


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Sept. 30, 2014: Updated Home Evaluation and Performance Improvement Standard Recognized by ANSI

Revised Standard Includes New Procedures/Approaches, Streamlined Instruction Set, Clarified Language

The Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) Educational Institute Standards Task Team announced that its updated ANSI/ACCA 12 QH Home Evaluation and Performance Improvement standard has been recognized by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).


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Sept. 30, 2014: US Small Business Creation Is at an All-Time Low

Hanna: ‘For the First Time in Over 30 Years, More Businesses Are Dying Off Than Being Created’

The U.S. House of Representatives’ Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce, under the chairmanship of Rep. Richard Hanna, R-New York, conducted a hearing to examine the declining rate of small business creation over the last three decades and the state of entrepreneurship during this latest economic recovery.


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Sept. 29, 2014: NEWS ‘Best Contractor to Work For’ Contest Returns

Four US Contractors and One Canadian Contractor Will Be Selected

The NEWS has announced the launch of its annual “Best Contractor to Work For” contest. Are you an employee who believes your work environment encourages growth, opportunity, recognition, education, and a winning attitude for all employees? Then show off your team by nominating your company.


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Sept. 29, 2014: New York Announces Solar Power Program for Schools

To Date, More Than 115 School Districts Have Registered, Representing Over 400 Schools

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the rollout of K-Solar, a program under the $1 billion NY-Sun Initiative, to help public school districts throughout New York state lower their energy costs with solar power.


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Sept. 29, 2014: Program Brings Sheet Metal Workers, Building Inspectors Together

Inspectors Learn About the Proper Installation of HVAC Systems

There is a gap of knowledge between the professionals who design, fabricate, and install ductwork and the experts who inspect it after it’s in operation. The Building Inspectors Program, a course presented by the International Training Institute (ITI), has been developed to bridge that gap between sheet metal contractors and building and fire inspectors.


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Sept. 29, 2014: Sandia Labs Pioneers Software for More Efficient Enterprises

Modeling Software Integrates Energy Conservation Effects Across Many Buildings, Using Many Conservation Methods

Sandia National Laboratories’ Institutional Transformation (IX) model is helping the federal laboratory reduce its energy consumption and could help other large enterprises do the same. The IX model allows planners to experiment with energy conservation measures, such as replacing old HVAC systems, before making expensive changes.


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Sept. 26, 2014: PHCC Educational Foundation Announces 2014 Scholarship Winners

Scholarships Help Students Prepare for Careers in HVAC and Plumbing

The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors (PHCC) Educational Foundation has announced the winners of its 2014 scholarships. Seven students were awarded a total of $20,000 in scholarships funded by the foundation, South Jersey Mechanical Contractors Association, Anne Williams, PHCC Auxiliary of Massachusetts, and PHCC’s Past National Officers.


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Chris Mathis, president of Mathis Consulting Co. and vice chair of ASHRAE’s residential ad hoc committee, talks about ASHRAE’s exploration into the residential market. Posted on Oct. 17.

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