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Researchers at Work on a New Refrigerator

Researchers at Work on a New Refrigerator

Using a new type of compressor, they hope to reduce energy consumption by about 40%, to less than 1kwh per day.

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Stone Fabricators Get Health Warning

Stone Fabricators Get Health Warning

Two federal health agencies warn stone fabricators that exposure to crystalline silica can cause serious disabling and sometimes fatal disease.

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Maine School Chooses the Passivhaus Route

Maine School Chooses the Passivhaus Route

In need of a new home, a Montessori school in Belfast is raising money for a $1.2 million school that would open in time for fall classes.

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Plastic Production Rises but Recycling Cant Keep Up

Plastic Production Rises but Recycling Can't Keep Up

Production continues its 50-year trend upward, but millions of pounds of plastics end up in landfills and the oceans. Post-consumer recycling remains anemic.

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Giant Geothermal-Only Community in the Works

Giant Geothermal-Only Community in the Works

Every one of the 1800 housing units will be heated and cooled by a ground-source heat pump.

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EPA Tightens Rules for Wood-Burning Heaters

EPA Tightens Rules for Wood-Burning Heaters

The new emissions standards, which will be phased in over time, also cover indoor and outdoor boilers, forced-air furnaces and pellet stoves.

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New Standards Proposed for Gas Furnaces

New Standards Proposed for Gas Furnaces

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The minimum efficiency will rise to 92% under a Department of Energy plan, so you say "so long" to conventional furnaces. The rules would take effect in 2021.

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BuildingEnergy Conference Scheduled for March 3-5

BuildingEnergy Conference Scheduled for March 3-5

Organized by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, this annual event includes workshops, speakers, and a trade show.

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LEEDs Top 10 List

LEED's Top 10 List

Illinois tops national rankings for certified commercial and industrial space for the second year running

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Nest Thermostat Pays for Itself in Two Years, Studies Find

Nest Thermostat Pays for Itself in Two Years, Studies Find

The smart thermostats are pricey, but three studies back the manufacturer's claims of energy savings.

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