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November 12, 2012
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  Industry News  
  • Increased oversight to move $12B vit-plant project ahead in Wash.
    Energy Secretary Steven Chu intends to push the $12.2 billion Hanford vitrification plant in Washington closer to completion by selecting teams of experts who will provide "increased focus on the resolution of technical challenges ... to ensure the mission will be accomplished safely and efficiently." Technical issues have delayed construction of the plant, which started in 2002, and the Department of Energy has admitted it will not be able to have the plant operational by 2019. Tri-City Herald (Kennewick, Pasco and Richland, Wash.) (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology & Trends  
  • Concrete: A better way to store solar heat
    Many materials have been used to create storage systems for heat produced at concentrating solar power plants, but concrete might be the most effective, safer and least expensive, according to researchers at the University of Arkansas. They created a proprietary concrete to make plates and used a thermocline system to put the plates parallel in a storage tank. Heat was conducted with an efficiency of 93.9%, they say. (11/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What's the economic outlook for the AEC industry?
    Economists from the American Institute of Architects, the Associated General Contractors of America and Reed Construction Data say the architecture, engineering and construction industry is on an upward trend that could continue beyond next year. The widening of the Panama Canal and shale boom have contributed to increased spending in some sectors, and housing starts and commercial construction are expected to show continued improvement. The "fiscal cliff" is the biggest threat to the industry, the economists said. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Finance (11/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Sustainability & Green Building  
  • Feds, military: Green building advocates aim high
    Designs to save water and energy, vegetative roofs, geothermal heating and prefabrication are just some of the sustainable building strategies employed by many government contractors. This piece looks at several military and federal buildings that have attained LEED certification and the companies that designed and built them. Building Design + Construction (free registration) (11/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.C.'s Research Triangle Park to undergo sustainable transformation
    North Carolina's 7,000-acre Research Triangle Park will undergo a strategic transformation that will "maximize efficiency, mobility and synergy among the region’s universities, businesses and governments" and realize the Research Triangle Foundation's "commitments to environmentally sustainable development," according to this piece. Work includes refurbishment of existing structures and the creation of mixed-use urban hubs and multi-tenant clusters. Inhabitat (11/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch  
  • Mica to discuss possibility of remaining chairman of House T&I
    House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica, R-Fla., will meet with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, this week to discuss the possibility of staying on as committee chairman, a House GOP aide said. Mica, who is reaching his term limit under House Republican rules as the panel's chief, hasn't said whether he will seek a waiver to serve again. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., has expressed interest in the committee chairmanship. The Hill/Transportation blog (11/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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