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Mahabir Bhandari elected to the NFRC Board of Directors
— BTRIC’s Mahabir Bhandari was elected for a three-year term to the Board of Directors of National Fenestration Rating Council, a non-profit organization that administers the only uniform, independent rating and labeling system for the energy performance of windows, doors, skylights, and attachment products.

Andre Desjairlais receives PIMA Lifetime Achievement Award
— BTRIC’s André Desjarlais received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association (PIMA) during the group’s 25th Anniversary celebration held in Washington, D.C.

Refrigerant testing heats up
— It's always something. Chloroflurocarbon refrigerants were phased out in the 1990s because they damage the ozone layer of the atmosphere and were replaced mainly by hydroflurocarbons. HFCs are safe for the ozone layer, but they are now a source of concern because they are potent greenhouse gases.

 
 

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World Interior Design Network - Maximum Building Energy Efficiency Research Laboratory secures LEED Gold
— The recently completed $14.3m Maximum Building Energy Efficiency Research Laboratory (MAXLAB), designed by Cannon Design of St. Louis, at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Oak Ridge, has received LEED Gold certification.

Green Building News - MAXLAB Built Green for Energy Research
— Construction on the $14.3 million Maximum Building Energy Efficiency Research Laboratory (MAXLAB) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) was completed last August, with installation of research equipment ongoing throughout the year and plans for a dedication ceremony later this summer. Because of its high-tech design, it recently achieved LEED Gold certification.

Knox News Sentinel - The List: ORNL dominates in number of LEED projects
— Department of Energy-related projects in Oak Ridge dominate the rankings (of Knoxville-area LEED-certified commercial projects). Fourteen of the 33 projects surveyed are tied to Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Several years ago, the lab committed to the "Sustainable Campus Initiative," meaning all new construction as well as renovations must meet energy-efficiency standards.

ENERGY.GOV - Hot New Advances in Water Heating Technology
— Here at the Energy Department, we are working with our National Laboratories, private companies and universities to develop the next generation of water heating technologies that are energy efficient and affordable for consumers.

InsideHPC - Autotune: Supercomputer-assisted Calibration for Better Energy Models
— One way to improve the energy efficiency of buildings is through energy models that simulate various aspects such as power, cooling, and heat loss through windows. Until now, however, building accurate models for diverse building designs has been very difficult.

 
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