>> DOE Proposed Rule on Efficiency in Manufactured Housing
>> OSHA NEP for Isocyanates Is Extended to September 30, 2016
DOE has issued a pre-publication Federal Register notice of proposed rulemaking pertaining to energy efficiency for manufactured housing. The public comment period for this proposed rulemaking closes on August 16th. Any comments submitted must identify the notice title, docket number EE-2009-BT-BC-0021, and/or the regulatory identifier number (RIN) 1904-AC11. Read the full proposed rule document by clicking here.
A tighter envelope, better thermal performance and increased indoor air quality (IAQ) are just a few of the reasons builders are embracing spray foam insulation as an emerging technology. To find out why it has become so popular, TecHome Builder decided to talk with members of the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance, insulation manufacturers and a major production builder that’s adopted the tech as standard.
The new report "Global and US HVAC Market (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) Research Report, 2016-2017" says with solid discipline around price, smooth 14 SEER transition, and some emerging technology around compressors and controls, the US HVAC industry is gradually recovering. In residential, it should result in an outsized volume growth due to low unemployment and gas prices, added with high consumer confidence and depressive demand, while continued price and commodity tailwinds boost margin expansion. Commercial is under more steady status, with continuous non-residential construction recovery which still has some room to run.
>> Housing Starts in U.S. Rise 4.8 Percent in June
According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department, nationwide housing starts rose 4.8 percent in June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.19 million units. Overall permit issuance increased 1.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.15 million.
>> NSF International and ASHRAE Sign Agreement to Advance Knowledge of Building Water Health
Global public health organization NSF International and ASHRAE have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) dedicated to protecting public health by establishing safe management practices for building water systems. These systems include cooling towers, air conditioning units for large buildings, hot tubs, large complex water systems (in hotels, hospitals, cruise ships and institutions) and decorative fountains, which can be attributed to public health concerns such as Legionella.
>> Energy Department Invests $19 Million to Improve Efficiency of Nation’s Buildings
The Energy Department announced it is investing $19 million to improve the efficiency of our nation’s homes, offices, schools, hospitals, restaurants and stores. These projects will develop advanced building technologies that will help American consumers and businesses save money on their utility bills, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create jobs.