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Filling in the Gaps in Lighting Solutions

Filling in the Gaps in Lighting Solutions

Today many concerned building owners, lighting designers and some regulators are increasing their efforts and attention on free, natural light.  Unfortunately, while it is certainly very energy efficient, it is not reliable.  Like all renewable resources it is subject to periods of unavailability, not just at night but also during the day.  Natural variation in the intensity of sunlight can be a challenge. …

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Investigators call Soldier’s electrocution “negligent homicide”

Investigators call Soldier’s electrocution “negligent homicide”

The death of a soldier electrocuted while showering at a military facility in Iraq a year ago may be changed from accidental death to negligent homicide.  Army criminal investigators say that KBR, the largest US contractor in Iraq, may have failed to have qualified electricians and plumbers undertaking installation work at military camps.    Up to 18 other deaths of military…

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Electrical Safety – Ohio Back on Track.

Electrical Safety – Ohio Back on Track.

Common sense won the day as the Ohio Board of Building Standards voted for a second time to adopt the 2008 National Electrical Code (NEC) on December 12th .  This cleared up a confused year in which Governor Stickland succumbed to pressure from the Home Builder's Association of Ohio and signed an emergency order reversing the board's earlier approval of…

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Kentucky Home Builders Kill Electrical Safety Bill Despite Overwhelming Public Support

Kentucky Home Builders Kill Electrical Safety Bill Despite Overwhelming Public Support

Television viewers in Louisville overwhelmingly believe new homes built in Kentucky should require electrical safety features that help prevent fires and protect children from severe shock and burns, according to an online poll by Louisville television station WHAS-11.The poll was conducted after the Home Builders Association of Kentucky (HBAK) managed to persuade the Kentucky Board of Housing, Buildings and Construction…

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NEMA and "Net Zero Energy" High Performance Green Buildings

NEMA and "Net Zero Energy" High Performance Green Buildings

In April 2008 the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) of the Executive Office of the President of the United States held a Workshop on "Net Zero Energy" High Performance Green Buildings. The scope was to define the R&D activities that could decrease use of natural resources and improve indoor environments while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful pollutants…

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Georgia Officials Oppose Child Electric Safety Standards

Georgia Officials Oppose Child Electric Safety Standards

After building and legislative officials in nearly 20 states have embraced the 2008 National Electrical Code® (NEC) and its tamper-resistant receptacle requirement, some Georgia officials are turning their backs on better child electrical safety. In a baffling move during a July 24 public hearing, the Georgia State Codes Advisory Committee (SCAC) recommended to exclude Article 406.11, which requires all 125-volt,…

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Even Congress Understands the Need for Building Code Enforcement

Even Congress Understands the Need for Building Code Enforcement

Yesterday, the House of Representatives approved H.R. 4461, the Community Building Code Administration Grant (CBCAG) Act, by voice vote. This bill, and its Senate counterpart (S. 2458), would offer local governments a dedicated source of federal funding ($20 million a year for five years) for programs to promote effective administration of building and fire codes. Federal CBCAG grants could be used by local…

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