Industry News & Announcements
The Energy Department on November 13 released the 2015 Revolution...Nowreport, detailing the state of several clean energy technologies available today in the United States, which provide technology solutions to climate change. The updated report builds upon the past Revolution...Now report, showing dramatically increasing deployment and decreasing costs of four transformational technologies: wind turbines, solar technologies, electric vehicles (EVs), and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). See the full report here.
"A strong and well-built roof is the first defense in protecting a structure from the corrosive effects of the outside environment... One product that has proven to be a versatile and durable choice as a roof system is spray polyurethane foam (SPF), especially for existing structures in need of a good roof replacement," says Peter Davis, chairman and CEO of Gaco Western, and author of the article in Constructor, the magazine of the Associated General Contractors of America.
The Energy Department announced the launch of the SEED Collaborative, a strategic effort to help cities and states manage building energy performance data and identify opportunities for efficiency improvements in their jurisdictions. Through a three-year partnership, a select group of cities and states will receive technical assistance, participate in peer exchange, and provide input on future development of the Energy Department's Standard Energy Efficiency Data (SEED) Platform, a resource in the Better Buildings toolkit. Participants will be announced early next year.
The Air Barrier Association of America is offering a Sprayed Polyurethane Foam Installer Training Course, Dec. 8-10 at Coastal Insulation Corp. in East Windsor, N.J. The Installer Certification Training Course will take place Dec. 8-9, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Dec. 10, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Quality Assurance Program Administrator Course is scheduled for Dec. 8, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Join an audience of thought leaders on December 10 at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia as the DOE showcases the next big startups in building energy efficiency and solar energy. Demo Day challenges 19 teams from around the country to pitch innovative buildings and solar-focused software products to an esteemed panel of investors, entrepreneurs, and energy policy experts. Judges will award up to $700,000 in cash prizes to 7 of the 19 competing teams. REGISTER TODAY!
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released a new white paper highlighting how residential energy efficiency programs can help make homes’ energy efficiency visible to appraisers, real estate agents, mortgage lenders, homebuyers, and sellers. Prepared by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the white paper provides examples of programs around the United States that are successfully engaging the real estate community and overcoming barriers to valuing energy efficiency in the home resale process.
In houses across America, poorly sealed and
under-insulated attics are taking money out of homeowners’ pockets through high
utility bills. To help homeowners take control over high utility bills
CertainTeed Corporation, North America’s leading brand of building products,
has teamed up with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR
program for its Rule Your Attic! campaign.
The Rule Your Attic! campaign will run through November 20. For more information, go to www.energystar.gov/ruleyourattic. For more information about federal and local government rebates and incentives, visit certainteed.com/itools.