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>>2015 Race to Zero Winners Announced
The 2015 Race to Zero Student Design Competition had 33 teams from 27 U.S. and Canadian universities competing to design cost-effective, zero energy homes for mainstream builders. In its second year, the Race to Zero encouraged students to work with builders, developers, community leaders, and other industry partners to meet stringent design requirements and create marketable, affordable concepts. The winners of the annual event were announced at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo., April 18-20. The Grand Winner was Opti-MN Impact House – Opti-MN, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn. Follow this link for more information about the Race to Zero competition and the winners.
>>Better Buildings Summit Program Slated for May 27-29 in D.C.
This year, the Better Buildings Summit is expanding into new sectors and engaging a diverse set of market leaders. More than 800 Better Buildings partners and stakeholders will gather in Washington, D.C., to participate in two and a half days of sessions and meetings focused on the sharing of the most successful strategies for achieving energy savings through energy efficiency. See the Agenda At A Glance and register today.

Better Buildings Residential Network members in the "Show-Me" State can now show homeowners the benefits of energy savings more easily through the new Missouri Home Energy Certification (MHEC) program. The initiative, recently announced by Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, intends to validate residential energy efficiency improvements to help Missouri homeowners save energy, as well as recapture the value of their investments to potential buyers when they sell their homes.

>>EPA Releases TSCA Work Plan Chemical Problem Formulation and Initial Assessment for 1,4-Dioxane
EPA has released the TSCA Work Plan Chemical Problem Formulation and Initial Assessment for 1,4-Dioxane, a chemical used primarily as a solvent in the manufacture of other chemicals. A first step in the assessment of TSCA work plan chemicals, the 1,4-Dioxane Problem Formulation and Initial Assessment examined likely exposure and hazard scenarios to workers and consumers in order to identify scenarios where further risk analysis may be necessary.
1,4-Dioxane is the first chemical for which EPA is releasing a Problem Formulation and Initial Assessment document under the TSCA Work Plan Chemical Assessment Program.
>>2015 ENERGY STAR Award Winners
Each year, EPA honors a select group of organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. The 2015 ENERGY STAR Award Winners lead their industries in the production and sale of energy-efficient products and services, and in the development and adoption of world-class strategies that provide substantial energy and money savings in the buildings where we live and work. The winners have been chosen from a vast network of 16,000 ENERGY STAR partners. The awards were presented in Washington, D.C., at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel on April 20. EPA Administrator McCarthy and Jim Gibbons, Goodwill Industries International President and CEO, provided keynote remarks.  Read More at and
Joe Ltsiburek, internationally reknown building science expert and author, will share his research, experiences, and opinions on sprayfoam insulation during an event hosted by Priority Energy. The event, "Joe Lstiburek Explains the Building Science of Spray Foam Insulation," will take place in Park Ridge, Illinois, on May 5, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (CDT). Dr. Lstiburek combines his engineering and construction knowledge into an entertaining and educational presentation on how to create a better house. Read more here.
>>Annual Energy Outlook Delivers Great News for Energy Productivity 
Source: / Anna Hahnemann
The energy efficiency industry can look forward to a great future! The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has released its Annual Energy Outlook 2015 presenting long-term projections for the U.S. energy markets. Every year, the report provides the basis for analysis of energy production, consumption, technology, market trends, policies and potential changes in the industry. Read more at

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