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Whole-House Approach Benefits Builders, Buyers, and the Environment

Description: This document provides an overview of the U.S. Department of Energy's Building America program. Building America works with the residential building industry to develop and implement innovative building processes and technologies-innovations that save builders and homeowners millions of dollars in construction and energy costs. This industry-led, cost-shared partnership program aims to reduce energy use by 50% and reduce construction time and waste, improve indoor air quality and comfort, encourage a systems engineering approach for design and construction of new homes, and accelerate the development and adoption of high performance in production housing.
Date: May 1, 2001
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RESRAD. Site-Specific Residual Radioactivity

Description: RESRAD is designed to derive site-specific guidelines for allowable residual concentrations of radionuclides in soil. A guideline is defined as a radionuclide concentration or a level of radiation or radioactivity that is acceptable if a site is to be used without radiological restrictions. Guidelines are expressed as (1) concentrations of residual radionuclides in soil, (2) concentrations of airborne radon decay products, (3) levels of external gamma radiation, (4) levels of radioactivity from surface contamination, and (5) concentrations of residual radionuclides in air and water. Soil is defined as unconsolidated earth material, including rubble and debris that may be present. The controlling principles of all guidelines are (1) the annual radiation dose received by a member of the critical population group from the residual radioactive material - predicted by a realistic but reasonably conservative analysis and averaged over a 50 year period - should not exceed 100 mrem/yr, and (2) doses should be kept as low as reasonably achievable. All significant exposure pathways for the critical population group are considered in deriving soil guidelines. These pathways include direct exposure to external radiation from the contaminated soil material; internal radiation from inhalation of airborne radionuclides; and internal radiation from ingestion of plant foods grown in the contaminated soil, meat and milk from livestock fed with contaminated fodder and water, drinking water from a contaminated well, and fish from a contaminated pond.
Date: June 1, 1989
Creator: Yu, C.
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Compressed Air System Upgrade Results in Substantial Energy Savings. Office of Industrial Technologies (OIT) BestPractices Project Case Study

Description: This case study highlights a compressed air system upgrade at BWX Technologies manufacturing plant in Lynchburg, Virginia, which replaced antiquated compressors and dryers and implemented an improved control strategy, resulting in improved energy efficiency and savings in energy and maintenance costs.
Date: January 1, 2002
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LIGHT EMITTING DlODE TESTING AND ANALYSIS

Description: This report covers the work done to analyze the optical output of a Light Emitting Diode. This diode consists' of a Monsanto MV2 LED chip in an MV50 package. A calculator based instrumentation system is described including programming techniques used to reduce and display data. A Light Instrumentation System with specially designed fiber optic cables is described which gathers data for processing by the calculator based instrumentation system. Future work will include analysis of the RCA 8571 Photomultiplier Tube.
Date: August 1, 1973
Creator: Bowers, J L & Allen, T E
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Save with Solar and Wind, Summer 2002 (Newsletter)

Description: This newsletter is published by the Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program. It is intended for facility managers, contracting officials, energy specialists, and others involved in helping Federal agencies increase their use of cost-effective solar and wind energy systems at their facilities. Renewable energy systems ultimately save agencies money by reducing utility costs; they also help to lower the emissions associated with the use of fossil fuels. This issue describes a new strategy to achieve the Federal goal for renewable energy, as well as some new solar and wind systems installed at facilities of the Department of Defense, the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Postal Service, the National Park Service, and other agencies.
Date: July 1, 2002
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Highlighting High Performance: Twenty River Terrace, Battery Park City, New York, New York

Description: Case study on high performance building features of the Twenty River Terrace, Battery Park City building. Breezes off the Hudson River waft through Battery Park City, a planned development of residential and commercial buildings and open space at the tip of lower Manhattan. A riverfront walkway and several connecting public parks sprinkled with public art flank Battery Park City on one side, and New York's busy financial district vibrates on the other. Construction continues on Battery Park's newest building, Twenty River Terrace, the first residential apartment building to embrace sustainable design in a systematic way, and the first to follow the Hugh L. Carey Battery Park City Authority Residential Environmental Guidelines. According to the guidelines, which all future Battery Park City development must follow, they ''establish a process for the creation of environmentally responsible residential buildings that are appreciably ahead of current standards and practices for development.'' As a result of the guidelines, and the architects' commitment to incorporating best practices, this 27-story apartment building operates 35% more efficiently than required by the New York State Energy Code, and generates some of its own electricity from building-integrated photovoltaics, especially in the summer when New York power plants struggle to keep up with air-conditioning demands. The Authority hopes the guidelines will be a good model for other developments, in Manhattan and across the world, for incorporating energy-efficient design and renewable energy. The principles of environmentally sound, people-centered planning and development addressed by Twenty River Terrace continue to be a focus of the redevelopment of lower Manhattan.
Date: August 1, 2002
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EFFECTS OF VARYING FORMULATIONS OF THREE TDI POLYURETHANE FOAMS

Description: Studies were conducted on three TDI polyurethane foam materials to improve production yields of molded-to-size parts. The effects of changes in cell. stabilizers, emulsifiers, catalysts, and the blowing agent were investigated. To evaluate formulation modifications, tests were performed to determine compressive strength, foam reactivity, and free-rise density. Changes in the visual appearance were also documented. Silicone surfactants were found to be superior to organic emulsifiers. In addition, an increase in water content produced parts rated superior to those produced by using the standard formulation for one material, Rigifoam 6003-2.5.
Date: August 1, 1974
Creator: Taylor, R F & DeGisi, S L
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Right-Size Heating and Cooling Equipment

Description: This is one of a series of technology fact sheets created to help housing designers and builders adopt a whole-house design approach and energy efficient design practices. The fact sheet helps people choose the correct equipment size for heating and cooling to improve comfort and reduce costs, maintenance, and energy use.
Date: January 1, 2002
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MASK GENERATION

Description: Four specifications were written to describe requirements of microcircuit photomask generation and quality control. Processes developed were grouped under categories of layout and generation, inspection, serializing, and cleaning, handling, and storage.
Date: September 1, 1973
Creator: Schantz, L E
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Norcal Waste Systems, Inc.

Description: Fact sheet describes the LNG long-haul heavy-duty trucks at Norcal Waste Systems Inc.'s Sanitary Fill Company.
Date: December 1, 2002
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Chemotactic selection of pollutant degrading soil bacteria

Description: A method is described for identifying soil microbial strains which may be bacterial degraders of pollutants. This method includes: Placing a concentration of a pollutant in a substantially closed container; placing the container in a sample of soil for a period of time ranging from one minute to several hours; retrieving the container and collecting its contents; microscopically determining the identity of the bacteria present. Different concentrations of the pollutant can be used to determine which bacteria respond to each concentration. The method can be used for characterizing a polluted site or for looking for naturally occurring biological degraders of the pollutant. Then bacteria identified as degraders of the pollutant and as chemotactically attracted to the pollutant are used to innoculate contaminated soil. To enhance the effect of the bacteria on the pollutant, nutrients are cyclicly provided to the bacteria then withheld to alternately build up the size of the bacterial colony or community and then allow it to degrade the pollutant.
Date: March 4, 1991
Creator: Hazen, T. C.
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Georgia Public Health Laboratory, Decatur, Georgia

Description: This case study was prepared as one in a series for the Laboratories for the 21st Century program, a joint endeavor of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program. The goal of this program is to foster greater energy efficiency in new and retrofit laboratory buildings in both the public and the private sectors. The energy-efficient elements of the laboratory featured in this case study-the Georgia Public Health Laboratory, Decatur, Georgia-include sustainable design features, light-filled interior spaces for daylighting, closely grouped loads (such as freezers), the use of recirculated air in administrative areas, direct digital controls for heating and cooling equipment, sunscreens, and low-emissivity window glazing. These elements, combined with an attractive design and well-lighted work spaces, add up to a building that ranks high in comfort and low in energy use.
Date: December 1, 2002
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Geothermal Energy--Heat from the Earth: New Mexico; GeoPowering the West Series Fact Sheet

Description: New Mexico holds considerable reserves of this clean, reliable form of energy that to date have barely been tapped. New Mexico has more acres of geothermally heated greenhouses than any other state, and aquaculture, or fish farming, is a burgeoning enterprise for state residents. Several electric power generation opportunities also have been identified.
Date: April 1, 2002
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Small Wind Electric Systems: A Montana Consumer's Guide

Description: Small Wind Electric Systems A Montana Consumer's Guide provides consumers with enough information to help them determine if a small wind electric system can provide all or a portion of the energy they need for their home or business based on their wind resource, energy needs, and their economics. Topics discussed in the guide include: how to make your home more energy efficient, how to choose the right size turbine, the parts of a wind electric system, determining if there is enough wind resource on your site, choosing the best site for your turbine, connecting your system to the utility grid, and if it's possible to become independent of the utility grid using wind energy. In addition, the Montana guide provides state specific information that includes and state wind resource map, state incentives, and state contacts for more information.
Date: May 1, 2002
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Utica Corporation Plant-Wide Energy Assessment Report Final Summary

Description: Utica Corporation conducted a plant-wide energy assessment of the manufacturing processes and utilities at its facility in Whiteboro, NY. As a result of the assessment, the company is now implementing six energy conservation projects that will result in significant cost savings and efficiency improvements.
Date: March 1, 2002
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Wind Energy Program Technology Overview

Description: New fact sheets for the DOE Office of Power Technologies (OPT) that provide technology overviews, description of DOE programs, and market potential for each OPT program area.
Date: October 1, 2001
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New American Home: Las Vegas, Nevada--2003

Description: The New American Home is an annual showcase project designed by committee and co-sponsored by the National Association of Home Builder's National Council of the Housing Industry (NCHI) and Builder Magazine.. This year it was a building project for Amland Development.
Date: December 1, 2002
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