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Sept. 17, 2014: IEA Forecast Sees Renewable Power Becoming Increasingly Cost-Competitive

Yet Annual Growth in New Renewable Power Is Seen Slowing and Stabilizing After 2014
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Power generation from renewable sources such as solar, wind, and hydro grew strongly in 2013, reaching almost 22 percent of global generation, and was on par with electricity from gas, whose generation remained relatively stable, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA).


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Sept. 17, 2014: Zero Energy Building Revenue Expected to Exceed $1.4 Trillion Annually by 2035

Advances in Building Envelope Technology Are Helping to Drive the Market
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Aiming to reduce energy costs and minimize the carbon footprint of their buildings, governments, corporations, and home builders are pursuing zero energy building (ZEB) solutions, notes Navigant Research. Worldwide revenue from ZEBs is forecast to grow from $629 million annually in 2014 to more than $1.4 trillion in 2035.


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Sept. 16, 2014: Fiberglass Duct Board Training Introduced to HVAC Students at Fortis Institute

NAIMA Expands Fiberglass Duct Training
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The North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) has partnered with the HVACR department of Fortis Institute in Palm Springs, Florida, to provide comprehensive, hands-on training in the fabrication and installation of fiberglass duct board systems.


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Sept. 16, 2014: ACCA, IHACI Comment on California HVAC Impact Evaluation Draft Report

Industry Sees Serious Deficiencies That Were Not Addressed
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ACCA and the Institute of Heating & Air Conditioning Industries (IHACI) announced they have sent a joint letter to the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) regarding CPUC WO32 (HVAC Impact Evaluation Draft Report) that urges the commission to refrain from releasing the report in its current form.


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Sept. 16, 2014: Johnson Controls Announces Reorganization of Its Building Efficiency Business

North America Branch Business Will Operate Separately from Building Efficiency’s Global Products Business
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Johnson Controls has announced a reorganization of its Building Efficiency business that the company said will better align the division with its long-term strategies and position it for profitable global growth.


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Sept. 15, 2014: Study Examines Energy Efficiency Actions of California Solar Homeowners

Looks at the Synergies Between Solar Adoption and Energy Efficiency Upgrades
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The energy efficiency actions of California homeowners who installed rooftop solar electric systems are providing insights into the connection between solar adoption and energy efficiency upgrades that could help in the design of future residential energy programs.


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Sept. 15, 2014: Most U.S. Companies Project Increased Energy Efficiency Investment in 2015

Schneider Electric Survey Reveals Biggest Trends Impacting Business
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Three quarters of decision-makers at U.S. companies have invested in energy efficiency programs in the past 12 months, and more than half (56 percent) project their investment in energy efficiency next year will be more than last year, according to survey results released by Schneider Electric.


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Sept. 15, 2014: Advanced HVAC Controls Expected to Reach $11.7 Billion in Revenue by 2023

New Codes and Regulations Are Driving Expanded Retrofits in Existing Buildings
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While advancements have been made in the efficiency of HVAC equipment, the actual energy consumption of HVAC systems depends largely on their operation, which can be made much more efficient and less energy-intensive through the application of advanced HVAC controls, says Navigant Research.


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Sept. 12, 2014: Construction Activity Index Reaches Highest Mark Since 2007

All Construction Sectors and Geographic Regions Showing Robust Demand
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The last three months have shown steadily increasing demand for design services and the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) is now at its highest level since 2007, announced the American Institute of Architects (AIA). A leading economic indicator of construction activity, the July ABI score was 55.8, up strongly from 53.5 in June.


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Sept. 12, 2014: Testo Announces Race Weekend Giveaway

Entries Will Be Accepted Through Jan. 28, 2015
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Testo announced that as part of its 2014 fall promotion, the company is running a Race Weekend for Four Sweepstakes. The winner will receive a trip to an auto race of their choice within the continental United States, including race tickets, airfare, and accommodations for four people — valued to $10,000.


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