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ASHRAE Publishes New Guideline on Energy Efficiency for Historic Buildings
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ASHRAE Publishes New Guideline on Energy Efficiency for Historic Buildings

ATLANTA—ASHRAE published a new guideline for increasing energy efficiency in historic buildings while minimizing the disturbance of the building’s historic character and significantly historic characteristics and materials. ASHRAE Guideline 34-2019, Energy Guideline for Historic Buildings, provides comprehensive and detailed descriptions of the processes and procedures for the retrofitting of historic buildings to achieve greater measured efficiency....

U.S. Renewable Generating Capacity Surpasses Coal
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U.S. Renewable Generating Capacity Surpasses Coal

WASHINGTON, D.C.—According to an analysis by the SUN DAY Campaign of data just released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), U.S. electrical generating capacity by renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) has now—for the first time—surpassed that of coal. FERC’s latest monthly “Energy Infrastructure Update” report (with data through April 30,...

Building Energy Efficiency Through Mandatory Improvement Programs
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Building Energy Efficiency Through Mandatory Improvement Programs

NATIONAL REPORT—Major cities across the United States feel palpable tension between the demands of exploding population growth and developing an infrastructure that can meet the modern standards of energy efficiency. To keep efficiency front and center, many cities, counties, and states have implemented local laws to measure and improve the energy and water performance of...

Mandai Park Holdings Invites Guests to Get Closer to Nature with New Resort
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Mandai Park Holdings Invites Guests to Get Closer to Nature with New Resort

SINGAPORE—Come 2023, a new resort experience will open to guests at Mandai, bringing them closer to nature through a biophilic design that integrates the buildings with their natural surroundings. The design of the new Mandai resort will be helmed by local architectural firm, WOW Architects. Speaking on the appointment of WOW Architects, Mike Barclay, Group...

MGM Springfield Receives Industry’s First LEED Platinum Certification
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MGM Springfield Receives Industry’s First LEED Platinum Certification

MGM Springfield LAS VEGAS—MGM Resorts International announced that MGM Springfield, located in Springfield, Mass., has received the world’s first United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) New Construction Platinum level certification for a gaming resort. MGM Springfield, which opened in August 2018, is the company’s most recent development. Working closely...

Cost-Effective Window, Patio Door Soundproofing Solutions That Do Not Require Major Renovation
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Cost-Effective Window, Patio Door Soundproofing Solutions That Do Not Require Major Renovation

NATIONAL REPORT—With peak travel season approaching for hotels, motels and inns, noise levels will also peak—due to the increase in street traffic/night life, aircraft roar, train/ship horn blare, and late-night pool parties—just as guests pay top dollar for the experience. No matter how beautiful the surroundings or convenient the location, the constant noise can fray...

Frangipani Beach Resort Goes Green with 370-Kilowatt Solar System
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Frangipani Beach Resort Goes Green with 370-Kilowatt Solar System

ANGUILLA, BRITISH WEST INDIES—Anguilla’s Frangipani Beach Resort has announced the completion of a large-scale sustainable energy project to generate clean, reliable power to the hotel. The new solar panels system is projected to power 70 percent of the resort. Featuring 800 photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, the 370 kilowatts (KWh) solar installation will offset a portion...