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Richard Cordray Nearing Senate Floor Debate

March 19th, 2013 Comments off

Picked to head the Securities and Exchange Commission, Mary Jo White’s confirmation is all but assured as she breezed through the Senate Banking Committee 21-1 this morning. As originationnews tells MHProNews, only Sen. Sherrod Brown voted against her because he doe not think a Wall Street lawyer  should be policing Wall Street. Meanwhile, the panel voted along party lines 12-10 to send Richard Cordray’s nomination to the Senate floor to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Republicans have vowed to block the nomination until structural changes are made to the agency.

(Photo credit: Carolyn Kaster/AP–l-r, Richard Cordray, President Obama, Mary Jo White)

2011 Solar Decatholon modular and prefab home winners

October 5th, 2011 Comments off

Maryland Team US DOE Solar Decathlon 2011 overall winnerCleantechnica reports on the winners of the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2011 Solar Decathlon held in the National Mall in Washington, DC.  The homes featured were modular and prefabricated housing solar powered designs. The overall winner was Team Maryland (University of Maryland), as shown in the photo. “Maryland is a well-experienced team. After taking second place in 2007, they rested and regrouped in 2009 and came to West Potomac Park in 2011 focused and determined to win,” said Solar Decathlon Director Richard King. “In addition, Maryland’s Watershed is a beautiful house, judged first place in Architecture, which also performed impeccably in measured contests. This team mastered their strategies to ensure they excelled in all 10 contests.” Maryland won overall and in architecture. Communications: Middlebury College. Affordability: Team Belgium AND Parsons the New School for Design and Stevens University (Tie).  People’s Choice Award: Appalachian State. Market Appeal: Middlebury College. Engineering: New Zealand. Home Entertainment: Middlebury College. Appliances: Illinois. Hot Water: New Zealand, Tennessee, Parsons NS Stevens, Appalachian State, Maryland, Ohio State, SCI-Arc/Caltech (7-Way Tie). Comfort Zone: Ohio State. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu office announced the overall final standings as follows:

1. Maryland
2. Purdue
3. New Zealand
4. Middlebury College
5. Ohio State
6. SCI-Arc/Caltech (tie)
7. Illinois
8. Tennessee
9. Team Massachusetts
10. Canada
11. Florida Int’l
12. Appalachian State
13. Parsons NS Stevens
14. Tidewater Virginia
15. Team China
16. Team Belgium
17. Team New York
18. Team New Jersey
19. Team Florida

(Editor’s note: For 5 previous articles and a video on this contest, put the keywords 2011 Solar Decathlon into the search box near the top right of the Daily Business News page.)

(photo credit: cleantechnica)

Epoch’s MOD, the Solar Decathlon at the National Mall

September 6th, 2011 Comments off

Epoch_Homes_Modular creditsConcordMonitor reports that Epoch Homes, in collaboration with two Massachusetts colleges, will be part of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 2011 Solar Decatholon 4D Home.  Built to “Passiv Haus” specifications, the home is designed for affordability, comfort and will create more energy than it uses. Epoch CEO John Ela said “Our employees are very excited to be working with Team Massachusetts…Seeing the student’s enthusiasm as they push the sustainability design envelope is inspiring and provides a glimpse at the future of housing technology for the next generation.” Ela said the goal is to design and build a home that not only uses no energy but also gives back to the grid. To do that, the 1,000-square-foot home will be outfitted with super-insulated walls and windows, making it virtually air-tight. Another unique feature is the flexible floor plan with movable interior walls, Ela said. Epoch, the Massachusetts College of Art and Design Department of Architecture and the University of Massachusetts Lowell College of Engineering who are working together as “Team Massachusetts” to develop the 2011 Solar Decathlon 4D Home, which will be on display at the National Mall in Washington DC between Sept. 23 and Oct. 2. The team finished the house in about three weeks. When the competition is over, the home will go to a family in Maine.

(Graphic credit: Team Massachusetts and MNN)