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From rags to riches: 7 reasons non-wovens are a top roofing choice
What products have dominated the roofing industry for more than a century while incorporating principally recycled materials and remaining highly cost-effective? Ask a roofing contractor, and the response would likely be No. 15 asphalt saturated roofing felt. An old-timer might call the product "rag felt," as rags were actually recycled in the manufacture of these dry felts. Because the rags were principally cotton, the felt was receptive to impregnation with asphalt saturant, and ASTM standards called for 150 percent of the dry felt weight to be saturant.
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Can these steps make money from energy efficiency?
Dr. Steve Fawkes, energy efficiency analyst at Energy Pro, discusses ways to create an investment class out of energy efficiency as new reports find that 89 percent of all energy created gets wasted. He speaks on Bloomberg Television's "The Pulse."
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  What's your Carbon Footprint?

Compressed air and steam leaks increase the size of your carbon footprint in addition to cutting efficiencies, wasting energy and effecting your bottom line. Click here to view important information on methods, best practices, software and instruments that will help keep your company profitable and improve the environment.

A pushback on green power
The New York Times
As renewable energy production has surged in recent years, opponents of government policies that have helped spur its growth have pushed to roll back those incentives and mandates in state after state. Recently, they claimed their first victory, when Ohio lawmakers voted to freeze the phasing-in of power that utilities must buy from renewable energy sources.
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NREL examines solar policies by state
The likelihood of a successful solar deployment at your site may actually depend on your state. The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently published a report that aligns solar policy and market success with state demographics. By organizing the 48 contiguous states into four peer groups based on shared non-policy characteristics, NREL contextualized the impact of various solar policies on PV projects.
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Report analyzes US policy on renewable energy investment, explores innovative financing mechanisms
The U.S. Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance, a program of the nonprofit American Council On Renewable Energy, recently released a white paper titled "Renewable Energy Finance, Market and Policy Overview" that aggregates the numerous policy mechanisms affecting renewable energy projects in the United States and provides an analysis of the impact these policies have had on private sector investment in the industry. The white paper also looks at innovative financing mechanisms the industry has recently developed including Securitization, YieldCos, and Green Bonds.
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    This is how far ahead of the US China is on green energy (Time)
Budding success with green roof incentives (BUILDINGS)
Aging water, wastewater infrastructure legislation passed (EDC Magazine)
Market and technology trends driving wind energy forward (By Don Rosato)

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