February 3, 2014 | Vol. 3
Did You Know Last Night's Super Bowl was Played inside an Energy-Efficient Stadium?
by Chrissy Skudera, Writer/Editorial Assistant, NEMA
Yes, you read that correctly.
Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVIII was played at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and although 1.2 million square feet larger than the Meadowlands (the original Giants/Jets Stadium) it consumes 30% less energy. During its construction, several energy-saving technologies were incorporated including a solar installation, water-efficient plumbing, LEDs (light-emitting diodes), and an automated lighting control system.
According to Allen Hershkowitz, director of the Natural Resources Defense Council’s Sports Greening Project and co-founder of the Green Sports Alliance, only 13% of Americans follow science news while 61% consider themselves sports fans. It could be assumed that many fans are unaware of how energy-efficient their favorite sports complexes and stadiums can be.
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Calling All Homebuilders!
Stop by Booth #S2556 at the International Builders' Show (IBS) to meet NEMA staff and learn the benefits of incorporating advanced heating solutions, electric vehicle supply equipment, and surge protective devices into new homes and businesses! IBS runs February 4-6 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
NEMA Urges Senate Finance Committee to include Energy Efficiency Incentives in Tax Reform
NEMA compliments the senate finance committee chairman Max Baucus for taking on the immensely important challenge of comprehensive tax reform and the goals of broadening the tax base, simplifying the code, and lowering the corporate income tax rate.
NEMA Publishes ANSI C18.3M, Part 1-2013 American National Standard for Portable Lithium Primary Cells and Batteries—General and Specifications
This standard applies to portable lithium primary cells and batteries. This edition includes the following electrochemical systems: lithium/carbon monofluoride, lithium/manganese dioxide, and lithium/iron disulfide.
NFPA Names New President
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Board of Directors voted unanimously to name Jim Pauley of Lexington, Kentucky, as the next president of NFPA.
Fire Protection Research Foundation hosts Suppression Detection and Signaling Symposium in March 2014
This year's program is aimed at professionals in the fire alarm, suppression, and emergency communications industries, and provides the opportunity to exchange ideas, best practices, and the latest research.
How Good (or Bad) are Manufacturers' New Product Launch Efforts?
While listening to manufacturers at the National Association of Electrical Distributors Western Regional Conference, a common theme repeated during the conversations: new product launches. Whether it was from new or established manufacturers, they wanted distributors to answer some of the questions they have never had answers to before. Were their efforts being well received? Where they falling short in one or more areas? Were there areas where suppliers could improve their new product launch initiatives?
Optimism for the First Half of the Year Continues to Climb Despite Weather Related Slip in Current Business Conditions
NEMA's Electroindustry Business Conditions Index for current conditions in North America slipped below the 50-point level typically associated with expansion in January for the first time since October 2012.
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Mayors From 10 Major Cities Unite to Cut Climate Pollution From Buildings
The mayors from 10 major U.S. cities announced they will undertake a united effort to significantly boost energy efficiency in their buildings, a move that combined could cut as much climate change pollution as generated by 1 million to 1.5 million passenger vehicles every year, and lower energy bills by nearly $1 billion annually.
Wyden, Murkowski Introduce Legislation on the Energy and Water Nexus
U.S. Senators. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) introduced bipartisan legislation recognizing the important connection between energy and water.
Denmark and UAE Sign Renewables and Sustainability Pact
Denmark and the UAE—two of the world's major players in clean energy—have signed a pact to collaborate on advancing renewable and sustainability developments.
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