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Environmental justice advocates hail EPA rule providing more oversight of hazardous waste recycling
Greenwire via The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Green groups are cheering a proposed rule recently released by the U.S. EPA that they hope will close a dangerous hazardous waste recycling loophole created in the waning days of the George W. Bush administration. But environmental justice advocates are especially excited about the proposal because of the "unprecedented" level of attention it gives to understanding the health impacts the 2008 rule was having on low income and minority communities. More

Demolition starts at Kitimat smelter project in Canada
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Demolition, expected to be complete by March, is under way at the Rio Tinto Alcan Kitimat smelter rebuild in British Columbia, Canada. At the same time, 250 contractors have gone through a briefing preparing for the next phases of the $2.5 billion build out. The Kitimat Modernization Project first phase demolition involves freeing up real estate to shoehorn in the new structure in the old smelter, while it continues operations. More

Seattle program training workers in deconstruction
The Associated Press via Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Federal stimulus funds are sending 130 economically disadvantaged people in southern Seattle to deconstruction school. The program is currently recruiting more students who want to get into the growing field. Deconstruction involves the careful dismantling of homes and buildings with the goal of preserving reusable materials. The practice often diverts more than 70 percent of construction and demolition waste from landfills, preserving raw resources. More

Beijing to invest $1.5 billion for sustainable renovation
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The largest ever renovation of houses built before 1980 in Beijing over the coming five years is an antidote to the long controversial nationwide demolition-construction model of the past decades. The Beijing government will invest more than $1.5 billion in consolidating and renovating about 40 million square meters of old buildings constructed before 1980, making them strong enough to resist earthquakes, more energy efficient and updating facilities. More

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Keep your cool in the heat
J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Imagine that you're up against deadlines, the work is physically demanding and the heat index is projected to reach 105 F. How can you protect your employees from heat illness, while making sure that the work is completed on time? Keep your cool and take control of the situation by employing engineering and work practice controls, and training employees on the signs of heat illness. Controlling exposure to the heat can be accomplished through a combination of three general areas: engineering controls, personal protective equipment and work practices. More

Nonresidential construction spending inches up in May
Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. via    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Despite a downturn in overall construction spending, private nonresidential construction spending increased 1.2 percent in May, according to the July 1 report by the U.S. Census Bureau. However, private nonresidential construction is down 5.1 percent from the same time last year. Eight of the 16 nonresidential construction subsectors posted increases in spending in May, with the biggest gains experienced in power, up 3.6 percent More

Cohesive automation approaches are sparking energy efficiency in commercial buildings
Today's Facility Manager    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Integrating energy conservation measures into a commercial property can help facility managers save operating costs while making buildings more enticing to environmentally conscious employees. However, payback periods on energy focused improvements have caused many organizations to think twice about making the long-term investment. In public facilities like city halls and schools, awareness is often the only obstacle to upgrades with an extended return on investment. But in the commercial sector, the life span of a facility is harder to predict. More

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Houses of the future open their doors in UK
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EBBW Vale, U.K., is set to become a hotbed of heat-saving homes after playing host to the first development of energy-efficient accommodation in the U.K. The unique development is part of the Welsh Future Homes project and is the only one of its kind in the U.K. Wales' Housing Minister Huw Lewis marked the completion of the project by opening The Lime House, the last of the four homes to be built on the site. The Lime House will act as an educational resource to showcase the very best in energy-efficient construction and to help the industry develop sustainable housing for the future. More

Contractors need business names on vehicles
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Contractors registered to work in Crown Point, Ill., must now have the name and phone number of the company they represent clearly visible on the side of their vehicles. The city council recently approved in first and second readings an ordinance requiring all general contractors and specialty contractors who register to work in the city to have their names and phone numbers clearly visible. The measure is intended to aid in inspections and help prevent fraud. "This is not an infringement on business owners. It's a protection for consumers," Mayor David Uran said. More

Aluminium recycling in Italy benefits from $15.8 million investment
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Rolled aluminum giant, Novelis Inc., has made an investment of $15.8 million in the construction of a new line that will recycle painted scrap aluminum into the metal needed to produce rolled aluminum sheet. The new continuous casting line will be installed at the company's production facility in Pieve Emanuele, Italy, and follows a recent commitment from Novelis to increase the amount of recycled metal it uses in its rolling operations around the world from 34 percent today to 80 percent by 2020. More
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