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Officials from the Town of Farragut's Community Development Department will discuss the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code March 12.

Farragut developers, designers and residents are welcome to attend and learn about the new energy code.

According to the International Code Council, the new code changes include measures to improve the thermal envelope, HVAC systems and electrical systems of residential buildings; Commercial updates include required energy savings for windows, doors and skylights; thermal envelope efficiency; and increased efficiencies for installed HVAC equipment.

Codes officials John Householder, Steve Coker and Elliott Sievers as well as an energy auditor and owner of a local building performance testing agency will answer questions including:

What is the code about?
What do the numbers mean?
Why should I have an energy compliant home/business?
What is an energy audit and what are the benefits?

The seminar will be 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12 at the Farragut Town Hall, 11408 Municipal Center Drive.

For more information call 865-966-7057.

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solar elephants.jpgThe Knoxville Zoo's African elephant habitat now sports a 50 kilowatt solar installation, courtesy of Lenoir City-based Wampler's Farm Sausage and Family Brands International. Above, a time lapse image of the finished solar installation at the Knoxville Zoo's elephant enclosure. Blue Sky Aerial Images, Michael Sexton


The Knoxville Zoo's African elephant habitat now sports a 50-kilowatt solar installation, courtesy of Lenoir City-based Wampler's Farm Sausage and Family Brands International.

The system, constructed by Knoxville company ARiES Energy, will produce energy for the zoo as part of TVA's Green Power Provider Program. The zoo will then receive a credit from KUB on its utility bill each month.

Zoo officials say they also plan to use the system to educate visitors about solar power. Plans include installing a video monitor inside the elephant barn viewing area showing how solar power is created and adding signs throughout the exhibit detailing the environmental and economic impact, said Tina Rolen of the zoo's marketing department.


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2011 Chevrolet Volt - NRMA Drivers seat

 As hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles, like the Chevy Volt seen here, become regular features on the road, so too do accidents involving these cars.                                                         

As hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles become regular features on the road, so too do accidents involving these cars.

The East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition and the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium have partnered to offer first responders safety training for dealing with the differences in alternative fuel vehicles -- EVs, hybrids and fuels like natural gas or propane, among others -- versus traditional gas-powered vehicles after an accident.

The training will cover:
 * Electric drive vehicles including EVs and hybrids
 *Gaseous fuel vehicles including natural gas and propane
 *A hands-on safety training portion with these vehicles

Training will be 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, February 26 at the Knoxville Fire Training Academy at 1301 Prosser Road.

Tickets are $60 and may be purchased through February 19 at http://firstrespondertraining.eventbrite.com/

Questions? Call ET Clean Fuels at 865-974-3625.









 
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