ASHRAE students building energy efficient 'shacks'
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Design and construction of a "shack" to demonstrate renewable and HVAC technologies, including solar thermal heating, photovoltaic power generation, high efficiency and green insulation options and wood pellet stoves, is being developed by undergraduate students in an ASHRAE Undergraduate Senior Project Grant. More
LAST CALL: NAILD LC Prep Course — register today
Are you thinking of taking the LC Exam? Need to brush up? NAILD has the answer for you! NAILD is pleased to once again offer an intensive study course for those anticipating sitting for the November 2012 NCQLP LC Exam. This course will be held at the PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., April 20-22 before the start of NAILD's national conference. More
All American Semiconductor partners with LED Engin, Inc. to offer emitters, lenses, and modules
All American Semiconductor has expanded its LED product offering by partnering with LED Engin, Inc. to offer a full range of high brightness, compact emitters, lenses and modules. LED Engin develops, manufactures, and sells LED emitters, optics components, and LED light source modules in a high-lumen density, compact, multi-die package. LED Engin emitters are used in applications ranging from architectural, stage and studio, high and low bay lighting, downlighting and general lighting as well as many industrial applications. More
Strategies Unlimited projects $3.7 billion LED retrofit lamp market in 2016
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Strategies Unlimited has published a new report entitled "LED replacement lamp market analysis and forecast" that projects a global LED-retrofit-lamp market that exceeds $3.7 billion by 2016. According to the report, there were 39.9 million solid-state lighting A-lamps sold globally in 2011. Strategies Unlimited analyst Katya Evstratyeva said that Japan led the way in consuming LED A-lamps with 24.7 million of the global total. The Japanese Eco-point program was in part responsible for the high market numbers, but Evstratyeva said other factors such as environmental concerns and high prices in compact-fluorescent lamps contributed as well. More
LAST CALL: Only 1 week til the NAILD Conference!
Don't delay — Make your hotel reservation and conference registration today!
Membership is necessary to join the celebration at NAILD's 35th Annual Conference, Tradeshow and OCC April 22-25 in West Palm Beach, Fla. The few days of the year that you all look forward to most are quickly approaching. Register and check out the conference page on the NAILD website for speaker information, schedule and more.
Facebook app lets you share your power usage
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People share all sorts of life events on Facebook. A new app lets you share even more — your energy usage. Facebook, the Natural Resources Defense Council, energy information software maker Opower and 16 U.S. utilities launched the free app. The app connects your energy utility to your Facebook account, with your permission, and posts your energy usage each month. More
Energy-efficient lighting industry continues to grow
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The energy-efficient lighting industry is growing strong, according to a survey by Precision Paragon, an energy efficient commercial lighting manufacturer. The Energy Efficient Lighting Industry survey was distributed to more than 2,900 lighting professionals in the U.S. Of those who responded to the survey, 69 percent either met or exceeded their revenue expectations in 2011, and over 80 percent predicted more opportunities for growth in 2012, both for the industry and for their individual companies. More
As LED patents run out, supply chain value will shift downstream
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Barclays Capital finds that light-emitting diode (LED) manufacturing and materials patents will soon run out, potentially draining value from material/chip/package suppliers and turning LEDs into commodities. These financial and market dynamics take-aways were gleaned from the Intertech Pira Phosphor Summit, a conference on phosphors being used in the LED industry. More
Obama signs small business legislation
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President Barack Obama signed bipartisan jobs legislation that will help small businesses and make it easier for startups to raise capital, saying it could be a "game-changer" for entrepreneurs dreaming of founding the next Microsoft or Facebook."When their ideas take root, we get inventions that can change the way we live," Obama said in the Rose Garden, flanked by lawmakers of both parties who backed the bill. "And when their businesses take off, more people become employed." More
Top 6 overlooked small business tax deductions
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Tax day is almost here. If you know that you will need to write a check, it's no surprise that you're delaying the inevitable as long as possible. Steven Aldrich, CEO of online accounting site Outlook.com has rounded up six of the most commonly overlooked tax deductions for small business. More
Small business strategies: Make the best of bad customers
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How do you deal with difficult customers in a small business? First, recognize that not all problem customers are alike. With this type of customer, no matter how much you give them, they want more. They may have come from a daily-deal site and expect constant discounts. Or perhaps they're clients who, inch by inch, ask for more than your agreed-upon contract — without offering to increase the fee. More