Archive: October, 2013

Recently finalized methanol assessment begs the question: Will science ever drive assessments?

Just a few short weeks after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its revised draft methanol assessment under the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS), the Agency quickly issued a finalized assessment. While everyone agrees that the Agency needs to complete assessments in a timely manner, the release of the final assessment so quickly after […]

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More signs of chemical industry growth from an abundance of natural gas and oil

It is a truth becoming universally acknowledged, that surging shale gas and oil production is generating jobs and driving growth. A PwC energy expert is the latest to punctuate the point. Andrew Lyon, a principal in PwC’s National Economics and Statistics group, hailed the doubling of direct jobs tied to oil and shale gas extraction […]

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Students educate the public on building efficiency at DOE’s 2013 Solar Decathlon

University students from around the U.S. traveled to Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif. this week to participate in the biennial Solar Decathlon, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Solar Decathlon is a competition that promotes energy efficiency by challenging collegiate teams to design, build and operate solar-powered homes. The winning team […]

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State senator urges Pennsylvania to revamp building code review process

Our nation’s model building codes are updated on a three-year cycle, which allows for continuous review and improvement of the state codes for construction of residential and commercial buildings. These codes leverage the latest innovations in building safety, building energy performance, mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems, and other important building performance attributes. Energy bills are […]

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