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  • The U.S. Army on Friday detailed what it expects to be the Department of Defense's largest solar energy project--a 500-megawatt installation at the Fort Irwin base in the Mojave Desert in California.The solar power will be generated by both photovoltaic panels and solar concentrators, which make heat that is converted into electricity through a turbine. The equipment will be installed in phases,...
  • We are often told that we should view crises as opportunities. Never has there been a better time to do this than in the current economic crisis, which coincides with strong worldwide demand for energy-efficient technologies. The EnEV [German Energy Saving Regulation] 2009, grant programs from the German government worth 13 billion euros, and funding to the tune of 400 billion euros for...
  • Officials of the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance, with U.S. offices in Chicago, announced the continuation of the “Performance Sustainability of Insulating Glass Units: Development of a Test Protocol for Argon Permeability through Insulating Glass Units.” The multi‐phase project is currently in Phase 2: “The Evaluation of the Gas Permeability of Edge Seal Assemblies,...
  • Chances that Congress will vote on a union-organizing bill this year are dimming as lawmakers make health care and appropriations the top priorities.Some Democratic senators have been trying for months to find a way around the bill's most contentious provision, the "card check" rule that would let workers unionize by simply signing up rather than running a secret-ballot vote.While...
  • After showing signs of stabilization over the last three months, the Architecture Billings Index plunged nearly five points in June, according to a July 22 release from the American Institute of Architects, Washington, D.C. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine-to-twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction...
  • Greenbelt, Md.-based National Fenestration Rating Council officials are putting the final touches on the group's Component Modeling Approach Pilot Project and extending an invitation to all interested parties to participate."We’re in the home stretch, and we’re very excited about the new software and the pilot program because we’ll soon have a chance to put our...
  • The stimulus plan appears to be having little influence on construction companies' ability to expand payrolls to date, according to a new industry analysis of the impact of the federal program's construction spending released today by the Associated General Contractors of America, Arlington, Va. The "disappointingly" slow pace of construction spending outside of the transportation...
  • Austell, Ga.-based YKK AP’s ThermaShade sunshade has won an IDEA Silver award in the Commercial & Industrial Products category in the 2009 International Design Excellence Awards, according to a July 30 company release.The award was announced July 29 in the Business Week IDEA report and on BusinessWeek.com.ThermaShade is the only commercial building sunshade system that incorporates a...
  • Italy-based Biesse S.p.A and Intermac Canada recently completed their move into a new Canadian headquarters in Mirabel, QC, and will mark the occasion with a three-day open house and One2One event for customers, according to a July 29 release.The event takes place 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 28-30. The official ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held Oct. 28 at 2 p.m. and will...
  • The last piece of glass cladding of the world's tallest building, Burj Dubai, is now ready and will be installed in the coming weeks.The 6-meter long glass, aluminum and steel piece--panel number 24,348--will be placed at the bottom of Burj Dubai's spire, according to a statement from parties involved in the project, stated a July 29 report on Bernama.com. 
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