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EPA celebrates rise in energy-efficient building designs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Convention in Washington, D.C. on May 18, 2012, that it had honored nearly 100 commercial building design projects from 43 architecture firms that were given the Designed to Earn the Energy Star certification over the past year.

These projects are estimated to reduce energy consumption by almost 40 percent compared with typical buildings. The projects are expected to prevent nearly 175,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions every year, and save more than $23 million in energy costs annually.

"Building owners and architects who achieve EPA's Designed to Earn the Energy Star for commercial buildings are getting it right from the start," said Gina McCarthy, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. "From city skyscrapers to rural elementary schools, these new building design projects are helping to save energy and money from the ground up for American families and businesses."

Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) standards cover many hazards in green industries. Provide workers with appropriate safety products, such as hard hats, safety glasses, (comma) and fall protection, to create a safe environment for employees.

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