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KTGY Design Wins Platinum at Best In American Living Awards (BALA) for Best Senior...

International award-winning firm KTGY Architecture + Planning is pleased to announce that Toll Brothers and KTGY received top honors at the Best In American Living™ Awards (BALA) gala held at the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) International Builders’ Show (IBS) on January 11, 2017, in Orlando, Florida. The Wakefield plan at Regency at Summerlinin Las Vegas received the highly-coveted Platinum Award for “Best Senior Housing, Single Family.”
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KTGY Designs Win Top Honors at 2017 NAHB Nationals Awards

International award-winning firm KTGY Architecture + Planning is pleased to announce that KTGY’s designs were recognized at the National Sales and Marketing Awards gala (known as The Nationals?), one of the building industry’s most prestigious events. Hosted by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) National Sales and Marketing Council, the gala took place on January 10, 2017, in Orlando, Florida, during the 2017 International Builders' Show (IBS). The Nationals? gala celebration draws more than 1,000 attendees who gather for this black-tie event at IBS.

U.S. Energy Secretary and Mexico Energy Minister Sign Bilateral Principles to Promote Electricity Reliability...

On Saturday, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and Mexico's Secretary of Energy Pedro Joaquin Coldwell, along with Federal Energy Regulatory Commision (FERC) Chairman Norman Bay, Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) Chairman Guillermo Ignacio Garcia Alcocer and National Center for Energy Control (CENACE) Director Eduardo Meraz Ateca, together signed a non-binding foundational document that will support a continued effort by both countries to assure reliability of the increasingly interconnected American and Mexican electricity grids. U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson and President and CEO of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Gerry Cauley witnessed the signing

Abigail Ross Hopper Named as SEIA’s President and Chief Executive Officer

Abigail Ross Hopper has been named president and chief executive officer of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and will start Jan. 17. Ms. Hopper brings to the top post at SEIA extensive leadership experience overseeing federal and state agencies. She joins SEIA from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) within the Department of Interior where she weighed complex and sometimes conflicting factors to achieve balanced federal energy policy. Among her achievements were the leasing and permitting of oil, gas and renewable energy projects

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz Announces Charles Curtis as 2016 Recipient of Schlesinger Medal for...

U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz today announced Charles B. Curtis as the third recipient of the James R. Schlesinger Medal for Energy Security.  When the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) were established on October 1, 1977, Schlesinger and Curtis were appointed by President Carter as the first DOE Secretary and FERC Chairman, respectively.  Later, Mr. Curtis served as Under Secretary, Deputy Secretary and Acting Secretary of Energy during the Clinton Administration.

Energy Department Offers Conditional Commitment for First Advanced Fossil Energy Loan Guarantee

The U.S. Department of Energy today offered a conditional commitment to guarantee loans of up to $2 billion to Lake Charles Methanol, LLC to construct the world’s first methanol production facility to employ carbon capture technology in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The captured carbon would be utilized for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) in Texas.

Revitalizing That Old House

“McMasion” is a term that came into existence in the mid-1990s to describe certain types of housing. It was not, and is not, a term of endearment but rather derision. Most suburban areas have a development or two that exemplifies this type of house that share several commonalities. That being said, there was an appeal to the marketplace that included these features

Over 450 Groups, Officials and Academics Call on Congress to Back 100% Renewable Energy...

Over 450 organizations, local officials, academics, civic leaders and businesses called on Congress to support a shift to powering the nation entirely with renewable energy. In a letter delivered today, the signers urged support for H.Res. 540 introduced by Congressman Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ) and S.Res. 632 introduced by Senators Edward Markey (D-MA) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) which recommend a rapid, steady shift to 100 percent renewable energy

In its Largest Quarter Ever, U.S. Solar Market Saw Nearly 2 MW of PV...

The United States solar market just shattered all previous quarterly solar photovoltaic (PV) installation records. According to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) Q4 2016 U.S. Solar Market Insight report, 4,143 megawatts (MW) of solar PV were installed in the U.S. in the third quarter of the year, a rate of one MW every 32 minutes. That pace is even faster today, as the fourth quarter will surpass this past quarter’s historic total.

BSSC Schedules 2017 Webinar Series on Construction Materials

The National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) will host, under the sponsorship of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), a new 2017 webinar series focused on construction materials addressed in the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) publications.

Experience Mars City at Building Innovation 2017

Take part in a special session to help build the future workforce during Building Innovation 2017—the National Institute of Building Sciences Fifth Annual Conference & Expo. On Day 1 of the Conference, Monday, January 9, 2017, at 3:30 pm, attendees can participate in a presentation of the Institute’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Program and the Future Workforce Program to discover ways to inspire, engage, educate and employ the next generation of building industry professionals.

Last Chance to Get the Building Innovation 2017 Hotel Discount

If you plan to stay over in Washington, D.C., next month to attend Building Innovation 2017: The National Institute of Building Sciences Fifth Annual Conference and Expo, Collaborating for a High-Performing Future, January 9-12, 2017, at the Mandarin Oriental, today is your last day to reserve your room and guarantee the low rate and availability.

NAREE IS Going Green in Orlando and Colorado

NAREE’s New Year is blasting off with a burst of green. We’re going deep into what real sustainability means in a series of three meetings running January 9 and 10 in Orlando as reporters gather for IBS; and continuing June 14-16 in Denver at our own annual conference

New Report Finds Washington, D.C. Could Enhance Livability While Saving Billions of Dollars with...

Achieving Urban Resilience: Washington, D.C., a new report authored by Capital E, documents and quantifies the large-scale environmental, health and economic benefits that Washington, D.C. could gain from citywide adoption of smart surface technologies.

Preeminent Solar Finance & Tax Conference Coming to Washington D.C.

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is hosting its popular Finance & Tax Seminar in Washington D.C. next week. The two-day event dedicated exclusively to the most impactful accounting, finance and tax issues facing the solar industry will cover the biggest issues of the day including the potential impact of the election on the solar industry.

New Technology Venture Launched to Facilitate LEED Certification, Measure Performance and Benchmark Green Building...

A new technology company, Arc Skoru Inc., officially launched today by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). This new venture will be the official host for Arc, a state-of-the-art digital platform available at arcskoru.com. Arc allows any project — whether a single building, a community or an entire city — to measure improvements and benchmark against itself and projects around it.

Environment America Launches Campaign to Block Attacks on Solar Power

With solar power on the rise around the country, a national network of fossil fuel and utility-backed organizations have joined forces to put the brakes on this fast growing pollution-free energy resource. Trade groups and think tanks backed by deep pocketed anti-clean energy ideologues and fossil interests are bankrolling campaigns, promoting model legislation and media campaigns to provide cover for anti-solar campaigns across the country, said a new report released today by Environment America Research & Policy Center.

SEIA Welcomes Cypress Creek Renewables to its Board of Directors

Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry, announced today that Cypress Creek Renewables, a leading provider of local solar farms, has joined SEIA’s board of directors.

FTC and Department of Justice Submit Comment to FERC on Need for Careful Market...

The Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division have submitted a comment to the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) regarding market power in wholesale electricity markets. The comment responds to a FERC request for comments on how it assesses market power with respect to mergers and electricity sales at market-based rates, which it evaluates under the Federal Power Act (FPA).

This Giving Tuesday, AWEA will harness the Power of Wind to help veterans find...

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) is putting out a call this #GivingTuesday to its grassroots network, Power of Wind, asking for support communicating the economic success of wind power while also aiding veterans transitioning back to the civilian workforce.

High Renewable Electricity Growth Continued in 2015

The 2015 Renewable Energy Data Book shows that U.S. renewable electricity grew to 16.7 percent of total installed capacity and 13.8 percent of total electricity generation during the past year. Published annually by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on behalf of the Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the data book illustrates U.S. and global energy statistics, including renewable electricity generation, renewable energy development, clean energy investments, and technology-specific data and trends.
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Rutgers Business School Wins National Building Design Award

The new Rutgers Business School in Piscataway, N.J., has earned national recognition in the 2016 Innovative Design in Engineering and Architecture with Structural Steel awards program (IDEAS2. In honor of this achievement, members of the project team will be presented with awards from the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) during a ceremony to take place at the building on Tuesday, November 22, at 4 p.m.

Solar Industry Applauds Baker Administration’s Commitment to Solar in the Commonwealth

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) commended the Baker Administration’s proposal to double solar energy development in Massachusetts today at a community solar project dedication hosted by Clean Energy Collective
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Pinewood Atlanta Studios Names Frank Patterson as President

Pinewood Atlanta Studios, the third-largest film studio in the United States, and the largest purpose-built film studio outside of Hollywood, has appointed Frank Patterson as its first president. Patterson will assume the newly created role on Jan. 1, 2017. He will report to the Pinewood Atlanta Studios board of directors
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HomeSpotter, Agent Inbox and TrustFunds Win Top Tech Honors at RESO Show n Tell

Showcasing how real estate data distributed through innovative mobile apps and new advances in digitizing the real estate transaction, 20 top real estate technology firms competed in the Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO) “Show N Tell” recently in Nashville.

AquaHarmonics Wins the Energy Department’s Wave Energy Prize

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announced AquaHarmonics as the winner of the Wave Energy Prize – which comes with a $1.5 million grand prize. CalWave Power Technologies and Waveswing America were awarded second and third place, respectively, with $500,000 and $250,000 in cash prizes.
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NREL 2016 Standard Scenarios Outlook Shows Continued Growth in Renewables and Gas in the...

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released the 2016 Standard Scenarios: A U.S. Electricity Sector Outlook. The outlook shows significant projected growth in natural gas and renewables through 2050 driven by abundant, low-cost natural gas and renewable energy cost declines and performance improvements. The Standard Scenarios are designed to capture a range of possible futures across a variety of factors that could impact power sector evolution.

Mahesh Ramanujam Named U.S. Green Building Council President & CEO

The USGBC Board of Directors announced today that Mahesh Ramanujam has completed the transition into his new role as president and CEO of USGBC, effective Nov. 4, 2016. He will also serve as president and CEO of USGBC’s sister organization, GBCI. Formerly USGBC’s COO, Ramanujam takes the reins from Rick Fedrizzi, USGBC’s founding chair, who had previously announced plans to leave the organization toward the end of 2016.

How to Expand Solar Development in the C&I Sector

The Commercial and Industrial (C&I) sector represents an extraordinary opportunity to deploy solar energy, but has experienced relatively slow growth due to a wide range of complexities in ownership structure, creditworthiness of the end-consumer, and other issues. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and an array of industry experts – convened as the SEIA Finance Initiative and its Commercial Real Estate working group – investigated the opportunity, associated barriers, and potential solutions of this underserved market.

NARUC Approves Final Distributed Energy Resources Manual

After the formal adoption of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) manual, Distributed Energy Resources Rate Design and Compensation, the solar industry and advocates released the following responses:

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The Boulder Group Arranges Sale of Single Tenant Net Leased Walgreens

The Boulder Group, a net leased investment brokerage firm, has completed the sale of a single tenant net leased Walgreens property located at 1703 Park Avenue in Muscatine, Iowa for $3,639,000.

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SAVING TIME WITH MODULAR BATHROOM PODS

The Modular Building Institute (MBI) published "Saving Time with Modular Bathroom Pods," a whitepaper that provides an overview of bathroom pods answering the pertinent questions of when they should be used on a project, costs, installation, and showcases the advantages of using bathroom pods on a construction project. The whitepaper also includes case studies across various markets that successfully integrated bathroom pods