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February 18, 2014 | Vol. 4

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Energy Efficiency Standardization Roadmap Open for Public Comment until March 15

RoadmapThe American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC) has released for public comment the EESCC Standardization Roadmap V1.0 draft, which outlines 116 recommendations to advance energy efficiency in the built environment through standards and conformance activities.

The EESCC roadmap is intended to identify what standards, codes, and conformance programs are available or under development, what gaps exist, and what additional standardization activities are needed to advance energy efficiency in the United States; and to increase awareness of these activities to support the adoption and implementation of standards, codes, and conformance activities among the public and private sectors.

U.S. experts on energy efficiency-related issues, members of the standardization community, and other affected stakeholders are invited to submit input on the EESCC Roadmap V1.0 draft by March 15, 2014. The draft is being issued for public comment to provide an opportunity for review and feedback on the EESCC’s findings and recommendations before final publication in mid-2014.

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Legislation Introduced to Improve Manufacturing Competitiveness
"Senators Pryor and Enzi have introduced legislation that shows their commitment to bettering the manufacturing environment and ensuring manufacturing competitiveness in the global market," said NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis.

NEMA’s ei Magazine Reaches 50,000 Subscribers
According to Paul Molitor, NEMA assistant vice president and the magazine's publisher, the January 2014 issue of the magazine underwent a redesign to reflect the industry's contemporary focus.

NEMA Supports Montgomery County, Maryland Bill to Implement Building Energy Benchmarking
NEMA congratulates the leadership of Montgomery County, Maryland, to make commercial and municipal building energy use transparent by introducing a benchmarking and disclosure bill. Montgomery County Councilmember Roger Berliner introduced the legislation, along with a majority of his colleagues, which would require large buildings in the county to benchmark their energy use and disclose their ENERGY STAR® score, a 1-100 percentile ranking of a building's energy performance as rated against similar building types.

Industry News

Legrand to Acquire Lastar, Inc.
Legrand's acquisition of Lastar and its Quiktron and C2G brands would strengthen Legrand’s position and capabilities in the data communications and A/V channels while simultaneously providing Legrand access to new customer segments.

3M Announces Partnership with U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center Building Energy Efficiency Consortium
As part of the Building Energy Efficiency consortium, 3M will participate in research on building efficiency strategies, tools and practices in areas such as building envelope technologies and integration of new construction materials for building energy efficiency.

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