>>Energy Codes in Action
We're right in the middle of the National Energy Codes Conference, March 23-26, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy in Nashville, Tenn. The conference is focusing on the development, adoption, and compliance of state energy codes. As you may know, the United States does not have a national energy code or standard, so energy codes are adopted at the state and local levels of government. Read More at www.everbluetraining.com, see the official website here and access the program here.

>>Flexible Colored PU Foams Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size and Forecast, 2015 to 2025
A report by Future Market Insights outlines research related to flexible colored PU foam. The key segments included in the flexible colored PU foam industry include North America, Asia Pacific, Europe and Rest of the World. Due to high growth in the interior and furniture market, North America is expected to dominate the flexible colored PU foam market followed by Europe. Owing to the developments in the construction industry, Asia Pacific is expected to be the fastest growing market for flexible colored PU foam market. Read More at www.releasewire.com

>>Varying Temperatures Continue to Pose Ice Dam Threat
Proper insulation has taken on a whole new level of importance this winter. Not only has it been essential to keep the heat in and the cold out for comfort, but it has also been crucial to the safety of homeowners. That’s because the roof of a properly insulated house is less likely to collapse, or leak, under the pressure of snow and ice dams. Read More at Seacoastonline

>>Asia-Pacific Insulation Market Is Expected to Grow at a CAGR of Almost 7% Until 2020
The global market for Insulation is projected to reach $44 billion by 2020, driven by the growing need for thermal and acoustic insulation in housing and commercial buildings. The global market for insulation is witnessing steady growth driven by the recovery in new residential and non-residential construction activity in the emerging markets and increasing building renovation and upgrade projects in developed countries. Read More at Press Releases

>>Republicans Seek to Push Climate Change Off National Security Agenda
House Republicans are seeking to cut funds from the Pentagon and Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) budgets that are directed at researching the national security implications of climate change. Read More at Mashable!

>>Lawyer: Amish Clients to Be Evicted for Building Code Violations
A lawyer for an Amish family in Wisconsin says his clients will soon be evicted from their home, for violating Eau Claire County building codes, which they say go against their beliefs. A Circuit Court judge held them in contempt of court for failing to comply with building permits. They say using modern technologies, like having a smoke detector, is prohibited by their religion. Read More at WEAU

>>L&I Dodges Questions About 600 Inspections by 9 Rookies in One Week
A group of inexperienced and uncertified inspectors for the Department of Licenses and Inspections conducted around 600 inspections of unsafe buildings in a single week last month, according to The Inquirer. Each of the nine newly hired inspectors then recorded their work in L&I's database under the name of another man, an experienced inspector with the agency. Building inspectors in Philadelphia are required to be certified under the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code (UCC). Read More at Philly

>>National Recruiting Notice for Green Minded Builders and Roofers
EternaTile Incorporated announced registrations for its "Contractor Advisory Board" (CAB), an innovative commission whereby leaders and pioneers in green construction are invited to discuss planned developments for 2015 and 2016. Read More at PR Newswire

>>France: New Rooftops Must Be Covered in Plants or Solar Panels
A new law passed by the French Parliament decrees that rooftops on new buildings constructed in commercial zones must be partially covered in plants or solar panels. Read More at Digital Journal

>>ABAA Conference Is April 7-9 in Dallas
The Air Barrier Association of America is hosting its fourth annual conference and trade show in Dallas, Texas, on April 7-9, 2015. The ABAA Conference & Trade Show features learning tracks for contractors, design professionals, consultants and testing labs; exhibitors with the latest products and technologies; and answers to some of your most challenging questions. 

>>Napa Earthquake Offers Insight on Making Homes More Secure
Last year's Napa earthquake, the largest to hit Northern California in a quarter-century, offers some lessons about how homes fare amid major shaking and what residents can do to make them more secure. "This data should spur people to retrofit older homes," said Jack Boatwright, a U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist and lead author of the study. Read More at Los Angeles Times

>>EU Should Start Legal Case Over UK Failure on Energy-Saving Laws, Say Campaigners
Energy waste campaigners are calling for Brussels to file legal proceedings against the UK for flouting EU energy-saving laws, following new research by the AEA Ricardo consultancy. Across Europe, the industry body the Coalition for Energy Savings says that a "disturbing" pattern of poor implementation has emerged from analysis of actions that EU states are taking to meet the bloc’s energy efficiency goals. Read More at The Guardian

>>Free Webinar April 7: "Building America Technology-to-Market Roadmaps"
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building America program will be hosting a free webinar on April 7. Entitled "Building America Technology-to-Market Roadmaps," it will be held 3-4:30 p.m. EDT. The speaker will be Eric Werling, Building America Coordinator for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Residential Buildings Integration Program. He will present important background information about the initial draft Roadmaps, the process used to develop the Roadmaps, and details for stakeholder review and comment. 
Reserve Your Seat
Link to Building America Meetings
Questions? Contact Heather Stafford 

>>BPI Introduces New BPI.org for Consumers
The Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) is proud to introduce www.bpi.org for consumers, a new interactive website designed to educate homeowners on the value of home performance energy upgrades and the quality of contractors who have earned the BPI GoldStar credential. Read More at BPI.org

>>Better Buildings Summit, May 27-29 
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.

>>EPA Releases New Safer Choice Label 
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy announced the new Safer Choice Label to help people find cleaning and other products that are safer for you, your family, and the environment. Look for the new Safer Choice label on products in stores beginning this spring and summer. Read More at epa.gov