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Illuminating Ideas To Save Energy in Honda Manufacturing Facilities

LED lighting is providing many benefits for Honda manufacturing facilities
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In Honda’s latest environmental vision, Honda Motor Co. President and CEO Takahiro Hachigo announced that the world’s largest engine manufacturer intends to cut its total company CO2 emissions by 50 percent by the year 2050.

And since electric usage accounts for 70 percent of the CO2 emissions produced by Honda’s North American manufacturing facilities, it stands to reason that cutting electric usage is central to the company advancing toward its goals.

Green Infrastructure Approaches Help Mimic Natural Water Cycles

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Green infrastructure is an approach to stormwater management that protects, restores or mimics the natural water cycle. Natural processes can be used to provide important services by protecting against flooding or excessive heat, or helping to improve air, soil and water quality. When nature is utilized in an infrastructure system, it is called “green infrastructure”, whereas “gray infrastructure” is the term often used for engineered structures. Green infrastructure is most often associated with stormwater management systems. 

Package Station on Four Wheels

When the courier no longer needs to ring the bell: start of the beta test in Stuttgart, to be followed by other large cities  – smart is ready for car boot deliveries.
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A click suffices, and the object of our desire lands in the virtual shopping basket: a pair of new shoes, the new printer, the new wide-angle lens for the camera. Online shopping is very fast nowadays, and in many cases the entire ordering and payment process is completed in a few seconds. But directly after the immediately appearing, onscreen order confirmation, the waiting starts for the customer – waiting for the parcel delivery.

Industrial Robots Are Learning to Save Energy

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In the EU project AREUS, researchers and engineers have developed the components of an energy-efficient automobile production system of the future. Basically, the idea is to have a direct-current network supply robots with “green” electricity, some of which is subsequently recovered and temporarily stored. Digital measurement technology and intelligent networking will ensure that the industrial smart grid operates flexibly and reliably.

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In the EU project AREUS, researchers and engineers have developed the components of an energy-efficient automobile production system of the future. Basically, the idea is to have a direct-current network supply robots with “green” electricity, some of which is subsequently recovered and temporarily stored. Digital measurement technology and intelligent networking will ensure that the industrial smart grid operates flexibly and reliably.

Windsor Assembly Plant Launches Production of Industry’s First-ever Hybrid Minivan

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  • All-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, industry’s first electrified minivan, rolled off the line on Dec. 1, 2016
  • Windsor plant brings 33 years of minivan production expertise to this class-exclusive vehicle
  • Pacifica Hybrid launch expands segment leadership for FCA US
  • Vehicle earns EPA rating of 84 miles-per-gallon-equivalent (MPGe), 33 miles of all-electric range and 566 miles of total range
  • Company invested $744 million USD (over $1 billion CAD*) to upgrade Windsor plant
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  • All-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, industry’s first electrified minivan, rolled off the line on Dec. 1, 2016
  • Windsor plant brings 33 years of minivan production expertise to this class-exclusive vehicle
  • Pacifica Hybrid launch expands segment leadership for FCA US
  • Vehicle earns EPA rating of 84 miles-per-gallon-equivalent (MPGe), 33 miles of all-electric range and 566 miles of total range
  • Company invested $744 million USD (over $1 billion CAD*) to upgrade Windsor plant

Microgrids Should Be a Key Element in Power Grid Modernization

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Modernization of the U.S. power grid will not only require replacement of old components with new ones, it will also need to account for larger amounts of renewable energy and distributed generation. This movement is causing utilities to consider microgrids as a part of the solution. 

Green Builder's November-December 2016 Issue Is Now Available Online

The Code Roadmap
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The public comment phase of the 2018 IECC hearings has passed, and final decisions will be made as this issue is going to print. Here's what you need to know about key building code changes that will affect the industry.

Here's a sample of what's inside:

Brightening Our Corner Newsletter | November 2016

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The Ray Launches a New Website
What if we reimagine the way we connect our communities, our lives and our world? That’s the question we’re asking about 18 miles of I-85 – the stretch of interstate that connects Ray Anderson’s hometown of West Point, Ga. and the birthplace of his company Interface, LaGrange, Ga. We have a vision to make The Ray the most sustainable highway in the world.

Free Webinar: How Builders Should Plan for Fire Sprinklers

If you are planning to install fire sprinklers in the homes you build, upfront decisions about the underground materials and components can save you money down the road when it comes time to construct the home.
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Hear from Melisa Rodriguez, P.E., NICET IV, about the important things to know and consider before breaking ground on a home that requires a fire sprinkler system.

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As Seen on The Guardian: University of Michigan's Mcity is Paving the Road for the Future of Transportation

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Dr Huei Peng is a university administrator who keeps a packed schedule. His days are a jumble of meetings that often cross departments; his job also requires him to facilitate introductions between his team and outside interests, sit for media interviews, meet with government officials, and otherwise champion the University of Michigan’s Mobility Transformation Center (MTC), where he serves as director.

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