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California’s test case misplaces priority by targeting energy-efficient spray foam

Eureka! It would seem that the motto of the state of California was in full force yesterday when the Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) announced, almost with fanfare, how very happy they were to name the first three products to serve as a “test case” for a new Safer Consumer Products Regulation. But, in [...]

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White House to establish new innovation institute for manufacture of advanced fiber-reinforced polymer composites

Innovations in energy efficiency – nearly every one made possible by chemistry – are reducing energy demand for our cars, homes and businesses. And recently, the White House announced an important step towards even greater efficiency across the American manufacturing sector. President Obama unveiled a new program through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that [...]

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Case study: Milliken polypropylene products deliver on efficiency and design

Energy efficiency is on the rise in America, thanks to recent legislative initiatives (see H.R. 2126 and S. 1000)  and the emergence of public and private partnerships (see the Better Buildings Challenge) that can help Americans reduce our collective energy footprint. And of the hundreds if not thousands of energy-saving tools at our disposal today, [...]

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U.S. EIA: America’s plastics makers triple exports on half the energy

Data released today by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) confirms what U.S. plastics manufacturers have been seeing firsthand of late – solid growth  in plastics production and exports, combined with improved efficiencies, which allow their businesses to draw less energy from our nation’s abundant natural gas supply. The graph above tells the story. The [...]

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House committee approves ‘Better Buildings Act’

Those who support  energy efficiency legislation received welcome news from Congress this week in the form of a bill that would help save energy in America’s commercial buildings. H.R. 2126, the “Better Buildings Act of 2013,” was approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday morning. The bill directs the U.S. Department of [...]

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Milwaukee meets the challenge with energy efficiency initiatives

As cities across the country look to reduce their operating expenses in 2014 and beyond, one cost-cutting strategy that has proved particularly effective is energy efficiency. Through programs such as the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge, which encourages energy retrofits and other initiatives aimed at reducing energy use, cities like Milwaukee, Wisconsin are [...]

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U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Africa take down skyrocketing energy costs

As one of the largest energy consumers in the world, the U.S. Department of Defense has been working to find new, more affordable ways to use less energy, while enhancing military capabilities. Chemistry has contributed to many of these efforts with innovative, energy-saving technologies like spray polyurethane foam and rigid insulation for buildings, photovoltaic solutions [...]

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Wisconsin considers new energy conservation codes

On Tuesday, Dec. 10, the Wisconsin Uniform Dwelling Code Council will meet in Madison to discuss changes to the state’s building code, such as updates to its residential energy conservation codes for new construction. Keeping these energy codes current would enhance the energy efficiency of buildings, saving substantial energy costs for homeowners. Updating energy codes [...]

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A ‘great day’ for energy efficiency last month — how about a great year?

Our friends at the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE) hosted their 11th Great Energy Efficiency Day (GEED) event on Capitol Hill last month, bringing together hundreds of stakeholders to discuss the importance of energy efficiency to the U.S. economy and how communities are working toward the goal of doubling energy productivity by 2030. Notable speakers [...]

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Filling in the cracks can save homeowners billions of dollars in energy costs

As temperatures continue to drop and home heating bills around the country make their perennial rise, Americans that have weatherized their homes won’t be allowing as much heat (or money) to escape through the cracks. “Air sealing is one of the most cost-effective energy savings opportunities,” says Paul Francisco, a research engineer at the Illinois [...]

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