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Sens. Portman and Shaheen, Reps. McKinley and Burgess Headline GEED, Nov. 20
Leaders from Congress, the White House, industry, non-profits, and state and local governments across the country are coming together to share and discuss how they are working to make the U.S. the world’s most energy-efficient economy one city and state at a time. Hosted by the Alliance to Save Energy, the 11th Great Energy Efficiency Day (GEED) will feature keynotes from Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Reps. Michael Burgess (R-Texas.) and David McKinley (R-W.V.), as well as two panels on the most pressing obstacles and breakthroughs in advancing energy efficiency at the state and local levels.
November 20, 1:30-5 p.m.
Cannon House Office Building, Caucus Room 345 – Washington, D.C.
ICC Disaster Response Network Supports Communities Damaged by Natural Disasters
Anticipating the needs of jurisdictions for assistance in the aftermath of the recent tornadoes that impacted 12 states, the Disaster Response Network is active. Jurisdictions can access a database of volunteers to assist with building damage assessment, inspections and other code-related functions. More information is available on the ICC website. Click on the "Disaster Network" tab in the "ICC Important Information" section or call the Disaster Support Hotline at 888-ICC-SAFE (888-422-7233), ext. 5238. 
Learn About Requirements of 2013 ASHRAE Standards at Learning Institute Courses
With new versions of ASHRAE’s energy, indoor air quality and thermal comfort standards being published this year, users face new requirements. Courses addressing the updates in those standards are featured at ASHRAE’s 2014 Winter Conference, Jan. 18-22, at the New York (N.Y.) Hilton. The International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Expo®, held in conjunction with the Winter Conference, runs Jan. 21-23,
Building Science Experts' Session Is Dec. 11-12 
Building Science Corporation is offering a two-day Building Science Experts’ Session seminar that focuses on advanced building science topics. On the first day, Dr. Joe Lstiburek and Peter Baker will discuss Multi-Family Podium Building Envelope Design, Construction and Commissioning. On day two, Dr. Joe Lstiburek will cover Ventilation in Single-Family and Multi-Family Buildings.
BPI's Building Analyst Testing Knowledge List Now Available
On October 31, BPI announced that the Building Analyst (BA) certification will be upgraded on February 1, 2014. The final BA Testing Knowledge List that will become active on February 1 is now available. Building science best-practices are always evolving. There's a regular flow of new tools and techniques to learn and master. The Building Analyst (BA) certification exams are being updated to ensure that Building Analysts have command of the latest best practices in whole house energy audits. In addition to verifying increased proficiency, you get a higher level of confidence from your customers, your employer, the programs you participate in and the market at large.
Click here to view, or go to>Documents>Testing Knowledge Lists.
Click here for more information on the BA certification upgrade.  

Free Benchmarking and Measurement Seminar, Nov. 26
Benchmarking and Measurement – Evaluating Where You Are, Determining Where You’re Going will be taking place Tuesday, November 26, from noon-12:30 p.m. (ET). The presenter, Tad Radzinski, PE, LEED AP, SFP, is the president of Sustainable Solutions Corporation. To register, click here.
ASHRAE Technical Program Reaches for the Sky with Focus on Tall Buildings
A mini-conference on tall buildings is featured in the Technical Program at ASHRAE’s 2014 Winter Conference, Jan. 18-22, at the New York Hilton, New York, N.Y. The International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Expo®, held in conjunction with the Winter Conference, runs Jan. 21-23, For complete conference information and to register, visit

Dr. Günter Oertel Dies at 81
Researcher Dr. Günter Oertel died at the age of 81 in Leverkusen, Germany, Nov. 7. "Günter Oertel is considered one of the pioneers of polyurethane chemistry. His research resulted in more than 90 international patents and countless publications," said Dr. Joachim Wolff, Head of the Polyurethanes Business Unit and member of the Executive Committee of Bayer MaterialScience. 

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