The Golden State goes green
California has passed a voluntary green building code that outlines topics such as water use, energy reduction, and air quality.
The California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) has passed a voluntary green building code that provides even further detail to California's energy code , which is one of the toughest codes for energy efficiency in the United States, according to the Central Valley Business Times .
The new code encourages a building's reduction of potable water use by 20% and specifies improvements a building can make to plumbing fixtures, allowing for less wasted water. There is also a multi-level plan to reduce energy usage by 15% to 30%, thanks to more efficient appliances and windows, safer insulation, and a variety of other performance-enhancing measures. Improving air quality, encouraging resource conservation, and outlining a better plan for storm water also is detailed in the code.
"This new code encourages the use of renewable, recyclable, and recycled material in the building process, requiring all California buildings to be constructed with the environment in mind," said Dave Walls, executive director of the CBSC.
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey