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Solar Jobs Declined for a Second Straight Year in 2018

Solar jobs in the U.S. dropped for the second straight year in 2018, but employment is expected to pick up this year, a new industry report says. [Image credit: Green MPs / CC BY-NC-ND / Flickr] Solar jobs in the U.S. dropped by 7,900 last year, a 3.2% decline, but prospects for growth this year are good, the Solar Foundation said in its annual snapshot of the industry. It was the second year of declines after the industry reached its high water mark in 2016. The Trump administration’s 30% tariff on imported solar panels and uncertainty over state solar policies…

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Regulators Plan Rollback of Light Bulb Efficiency Rules

The Department of Energy has decided that certain light bulbs won’t have to show improved energy efficiency after all. The department last week announced it intends to scrap plans for tougher efficiency rules that would have kicked in next year for a variety of bulb types, including reflector, globe-shaped, and candelabra lamps, according to a statement from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. The new efficiency standards were to be the second stage of a process approved  by Congress in 2007. The announcement won’t affect tougher standards for A-type lamps — the familiar pear-shaped bulbs used in many lamps…

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Blockchain Has Come to the U.S. Real Estate Market

Traditional paper documents that record real estate transactions are giving way to blockchain technology, an electronic peer-to-peer record. (Image credit: Marco Verch / CC / Flickr) Late last year, a precedent-setting property sale in Vermont became the first real estate transaction in the United States to use blockchain, portending a new era in the sale of land and improvements. Blockchain technology is an industry disrupter on the cusp of improving transactions across all sectors and borders. It is suggested that blockchain may do for the $217 trillion U.S. real estate market what the portable phone did for communications,  and that…

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IRE: TRUFAST Fasteners Address Changing Trends

Janelle Penny speaks with Jason Wigboldly on the IRE Expo 2019 floor about roofing fasteners, trends in the industry and how TRUFAST is staying ahead of the curve. [Begin transcript] Janelle: This is Janelle Penny, senior writer with BUILDINGS magazine, and I’m here at the 2019 International Roofing Expo with Jason Wigboldly of TRUFAST. Hi, Jason. Jason: Hi. How are you doing? Janelle: Good. How are you? Jason: Thanks for having us. Janelle: How’s the show been going for you? Jason: It’s been going really good. It’s been very well attended. And I’ve heard a rumor that it’s a record…

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IRE: Roofing Trends Seen by EPDM Roofing Association

Janelle Penny speaks with Mike DuCharme, of the EDPM Roofing Association (ERA), at the IRE Expo 2019. Mike talks about the many changes he’s seen over his 35 years in the industry, as well as current trends that have popped up. Rather read the transcript? Start here: Resilient Roofing, Tech and Future Trends https://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/21872/title/roofing-trends-epdm-roofing-association

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Buyer Beware: Dangerous Paint Strippers Are Still Being Sold

This post was co-authored by Mike Schade. In 2018, the Natural Resources Defense Council won a wave of commitments from 11 of North America’s largest retailers to ban the sale of paint strippers containing the toxic chemicals methylene chloride and N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP). To see how these retailer policy commitments have been implemented, campaign staff, partner organizations and volunteers are visiting stores across the country to see whether retailers are following through to “mind the store.” Over the last few weeks, we and our partners visited 42 locations of five major retailers’ stores, all of which had pledged to ban the…

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