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Massachusetts and California Nab Top Spots on Energy Efficiency Scorecard

Massachusetts, California, Rhode Island, Vermont and Oregon landed in the top five spots on the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s 2017 scorecard, which assesses states’ utility programs, transportation policies, building energy code compliance, government-led efficiency initiatives, appliance and equipment standards, and heat and power policies. Idaho, Florida and Virginia were the three most improved states. For more information, visit aceee.org/state-policy/scorecard.

The Federal Preemption Bind on Local Energy Policy

When it comes to energy efficiency in buildings, rapid technological advances are being undermined by outdated regulations. Decades-old federal laws currently prohibit states from setting energy standards for some of the most modern appliances, including heating and cooling systems and water heating equipment. 

Industry lobbyists working in Washington, D.C., set the standards, which bind states and cities from moving to more stringent rules in local energy codes than the current federal mandate. This “preemption” effect presents a major barrier to reducing energy waste for many states and jurisdictions in pursuit of better energy performance in building stock and achieving climate action goals. 

What’s Next for Temporary Modular Buildings?

The trend toward more flexible interior and exterior walls to continue, and modular buildings will become smarter in terms of their ability to have an ongoing line of communication between the user and provider for maintenance and customer service via a smart panel or other device.

Moving Work Offsite

Modularization isn’t the right strategy for every industrial project, but as petrochemical companies, power plants and manufacturing facilities demand new ways to cope with labor rates, weather, safety risks and site constraints, its appeal continues to grow.

Half of AEC Firms Have Lost Workers to Oil and Gas Companies

Fifty-four percent of AEC executives report they have lost employees to the oil and gas industry during the past two years, according to a survey conducted by Morrissey Goodale LLC.

Army and NREL Launch Net Zero Pilot Program

The U.S. Army is partnering with the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on a new Net Zero Energy Installation (NZEI) initiative to improve energy efficiency and renewable energy strategies at nine sites in the Army’s portfolio. If all nine pilot sites achieve net zero energy, they will replace approximately 8 percent of the Army’s current total installation energy use with renewable energy.

Investment in Chemicals, Plastics and Shale Exploration Drives Manufacturing Construction

There is an enthusiasm in the manufacturing sector that didn’t exist a few years ago. Manufacturing supports more than 17 million men and women, contributes $2.08 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector, and accounts for two-thirds of private sector research and development.

LNG Terminals: The Next Construction Boom

America’s energy renaissance stands to impact virtually every industry—from manufacturing and financial services to environmental technology, retail and especially construction. America’s productive capacity eventually will translate into large energy exports, including in the form of liquefied natural gas (LNG) being distributed from many export-oriented LNG terminals now under development.

Boom Days Ahead for Natural Gas Sector

A renaissance is under way in the natural gas sector, and the numbers say it all. At least 100 new mega-sized industrial facilities will be operational by 2020, driving change throughout the U.S. economy and creating thousands of construction jobs for civil and industrial contractors. As natural gas supplies have gone up, so has the demand to build the infrastructure to store, transport, pump, process and refine the newly abundant resource.

House Committee Approves Thermal Insulation Bill

The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved H.R. 4801, a bill that would require the Secretary of Energy to prepare a report on the impact of thermal insulation on both energy and water use for potable hot water in federal buildings.

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