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Author: William Hoyt

It’s Not Just us as in US

It’s Not Just us as in US

NEMA Kite and Key award winner Rob Boteler, from Emerson Motor Technologies, spoke to a full room today at ENIE 2008 in Sao Paulo, Brasil about the development of motor standards and regulations in the US. One of the many things we can be proud of is that the US is a world leader in setting motor efficiency standards that the rest of the world recognizes. Brasil has set a minimum standard that becomes regulation in late 2009 that is equivalent to EPACT 1992 in the US. Some Read more [...]
Part of the way there

Part of the way there

NEMA staff do a lot of meetings. A lot of meetings all over the US, sometimes Canada, and sometimes Mexico. Most of the hotels that we hold the meetings at are environmentally conscious. They ask their guests to re-use towels and linens to help them "be green." Unfortunately, they are only part of the way there. NEMA's efforts in recognizing and forming a High Performnace Buildings Council address something that the afore mentioned hotels do not. Green is just the beginning. High performance Read more [...]
Just a Thought

Just a Thought

Walking for exercise is great. I have to confess that I don't do it enough. Besides the exercise, walking gives me the time to think and observe my surroundings. As one of NEMA's go-to guys when it comes to High Performance Buildings, it's not surprising that on these walks through nature my thoughts often drift to sustainability. There are many things we can do in our own spaces to be more "green" and energy efficient. Fuel efficient vehicles, programmable thermostats, Read more [...]
Alphabet Soup

Alphabet Soup

NEMA, SBIC, NIBS, HPBC, DOE, DOD, GSA. The first and the last three are easily recognized in this forest of acronyms, but what about the other three, and what do they mean to NEMA members? SBIC is the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council . Its trademarked “Beyond Green” encompasses factors in buildings that include energy efficiency, sustainability, productivity, safety and security, accessibility -- in short, components of a high performance building. SBIC in conjunction with NIBS, the National Read more [...]