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The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) advances high-potential, high-impact energy technologies that are too early for private-sector investment. ARPA-E awardees are unique because they are developing entirely new ways to generate, store, and use energy. An agency of the US Department of Energy. Read More

Superfund Research Program

The NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) funds university-based multidisciplinary research on human health and environmental issues related to hazardous substances. The central goal is to understand and break the link between chemical exposure and disease. In keeping with the NIEHS mission, teams of diverse professionals develop, test, and implement unique, solution-oriented approaches to address complex environmental health problems. They are improving the understanding of environmental contaminants, which may lead to lower environmental cleanup costs, reduced risk of exposure, and improvements in human health. Read More

The Environmental Technology Opportunities Portal (ETOP).

ETOP connects programs that develop new cost-effective environmental technologies and distributes information on air, water, and waste treatment and control technologies. Read More

Enhancing Preparedness Adoption and Compliance in the Federal Law Enforcement Community Through Financial Incentives

A 77-page thesis that concludes, research indicates that a novel federal financial incentive concept would in fact increase preparedness adoption and compliance within the federal law enforcement community consistent with its state, local, and tribal partners. Read More


Portal home page with access to EPA watershed resources. Read More

Energy Efficiency In Buildings: A Parameter for The Thermal Qualification of Opaque Building Envelope

An eight-page building simulation paper. A new parameter å (0≤å≤1), called coefficient of performance, is introduced, whose value quantifies the suitability of the distribution of resistive and capacitive layers in a multi-layer wall, within problems concerning thermal building-plant interaction in case of external sinusoidal or impulsive thermal variations. After giving an integral expression for the calculation of å, the coefficient’s of performance properties are discussed; simple relations allowing to evaluate the value of å in case of walls made of two materials only, i.e. of a capacitive layer followed by a resistive one (two-component walls), are also deduced. The developed analysis shows that the optimal ideal wall, to which the maximum value of å corresponds (å=1), is the lumped-parameter, three-layer, symmetrical one, obtained by lumping all capacity in the mid-plane of the wall and by distributing the resistance, split up into two equal slabs, on the faces. Finally, the coefficient’s of performance values for different two component walls, realized with materials commonly used in building, have been calculated. Read More

Using DOE 2.1E to Evaluate Green Building Construction Opportunities and Ventilation Design for Lotus School

An eight-page building simulation paper. In the standard design process of a building, total building simulation using building simulation software is encouraged to be incorporated into the design process as early as possible. However, this paper demonstrates that building simulation can be used as late in the process as the early construction phase of a building project, though usually with increasing cost of building modifications. Using building utility budget as an indicator, the options presented through use of building simulation tools can justify the change to the design or construction, by showing a reduction in the expected operational costs over the lifetime of the building. DOE 2.1E available at http://doe2.com/DOE2/index.html. Read More

Technical and Economical Interest of Sustainable Refurbishment Technologies in France, Italy and Finland

An eight-page building simulation paper. The aim of the European SSHORT (Sustainable Social Housing Refurbishment Technologies) project is to increase and promote rational and efficient use of energy in the retrofitting of social housing buildings. In this scope, one step was to evaluate with simulation studies the technical and economical interest of selected sustainable technologies on standard collective social housings in participating countries. Selected technologies are dual flow ventilation with heat recovery, solar energy systems (solar domestic hot water (solar DHW), photovoltaic panels) and building energy management systems. Each partner was in charge to study the potential interest of one selected technology for each participating countries. According to studied technology, simulations have been conducted with f-Chart method, TRNSYS and CA-SIS tool (Electricité de France (EDF)’s tool based on TRNSYS models). The paper proposes to present the methodology to conduct studies, simulation results and main conclusions about the potential interest of selected technologies in the retrofitting social housing sector. Refers to specific software tools that may not be available. Read More

Climate Change: Financing Global Forests

Library Holdings. According to the Office of Climate Change press release, the Eliasch Review aims to provide an analysis of international financing to reduce forest loss and its associated impacts on climate change. The focus related to the international efforts to achieve a new global climate change agreement in Copenhagen in 2009. The Eliasch Review focuses on the financing required to produce significant reductions in forest carbon emissions. It also examines how mechanisms to address forest loss can reduce poverty while preserving ecosystem biodiversity and water services. Read More

Environmental Impact Assessment in Japan

This document introduces the definition of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), the EIA System in Japan, Japanese EIA Law and the Strategic Environmental Assessment. Read More


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