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Biomass must earn its carbon-fighting credentials
Power Technology
With its carbon capturing components and coal displacing capabilities, biomass is a policymaker's carbon cutting dream. But with scientific concern that it may well increase emissions on the rise, its future must be built on facts not fantasy.
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Construction materials prices drop 2 percent in January
Associated Builders and Contractors via For Construction Pros
Construction input prices dipped 2 percent in January 2015 and have now failed to rise for six consecutive months, according to the February 18 producer price index release from the U.S. Department of Labor. On a year-over-year basis, construction input prices are down 3.6 percent. In addition, nonresidential construction input prices fell 2.1 percent on a monthly basis and 4.6 percent on a yearly basis.
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Report: Biofuel from trash could create green jobs bonanza
The Guardian
Creating biofuels from waste produced by industry, farms, and households could generate 36,000 jobs in the U.K. and save around 37 million tonnes of oil use annually by 2030, according to a new report. Across Europe, hundreds of thousands of new jobs could be created by using these "advanced biofuels," which could replace 16 percent of the continent's road transport fuel by the same year, the International Council on Clean Transportation study said. But the gains will not come without ambitious policy to promote advanced biofuels, it warned.
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US is largest market for green building
Construction Dive
The United States is the world's largest market for green building construction, according to the newly released Global Green Building Market Outlook 2020. The Asia-Pacific regions are "showing significant growth" in that arena, according to a summary of the report, which analyzed the state of green building in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.
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Constellation to build one of the biggest biomass plants in the nation
FierceEnergy
Exelon Corporation subsidiary Constellation is assisting Procter & Gamble (P&G) in developing an up to 50-megawatt biomass plant that will help run one of P&G's largest U.S. facilities and significantly increase P&G's use of renewable energy.
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Fungal waste biomass could be used to harvest microalgae for fuels
A*STAR Singapore via Phys.org
Waste biomass from fungal fermentation processes could be used to bind to and harvest microalgae being used in other biotechnology applications. A*STAR researchers have successfully demonstrated this procedure with fungal mycelium — the main vegetative part of a fungus such as the tangled mass of underground fibers beneath sprouting mushrooms.
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Construction-defects reform bill introduced in Colorado Senate
The Denver Post
Colorado state lawmakers concerned about the slow pace of condominium construction in Colorado unveiled a bill Tuesday that would make it more difficult for homeowners to sue over faulty construction. A bipartisan group of legislators gathered at the Yale light-rail station in Denver to announce the introduction of Senate Bill 177.
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Japan: Imported wood products demand projection for 2015
IHB
The Japan Lumber Importers Association and relating divisions came up with demand forecast of major import wood products for 2015. Total volume of logs and other wood products is 10,310,000 cbms, which is the same volume of 2009 when the demand dropped by the Lehman shock and is 3.7 percent less than 2014. The reasons are that housing starts of this year will be less than 2014 and climbing cost of imported products by weak yen about 120 yen for the dollar.
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Composite component for land and water
Engineering Capacity
A large composite moulding from Morgan Advanced Materials is at the heart of a highly innovative new amphibious vehicle with applications across many markets. Gibbs Technologies Ltd., based at Nuneaton in the U.K., is a global leader in amphibious technology, having developed the Aquada, the world's first high-speed amphibious vehicle, and the Quadski, a combination of a quad bike and jet ski.
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