HD to build energy-efficient prototype
The Home Depot has agreed to showcase a high-performance, energy-efficient store built through the Department of Energy’s Commercial Building Partnership, a program dedicated to accelerating energy-saving technologies into standard designs for commercial buildings.
The new Home Depot store, slated for Rocklin, Calif., will require up to 50% less energy than standard commercial buildings, according to a press release on the project. Funding will come through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Completion is expected in mid-2012.
The design and construction team is WD Partners, a retail architecture and engineering firm with offices in six U.S. cities, in coordination with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, a Department of Energy Office of Science and research lab.
NFL’s Vikings call upon Snow Dragon
In preparation for their Monday night game against the Chicago Bears, the Minnesota Vikings have called upon Wickliffe, Ohio-based Snow Dragon to remove snow from the TCF Bank Stadium, according to MyFox Twin Cities.
The biodiesel-powered snow melter is capable of removing up to 30 tons of snow per hour, according to the article.
This will mark the first home game the Vikings are holding at the University of Minnesota campus since the collapse of the Metrodome’s roof last week.
X-Rite introduces Capsure for paint matching
Grand Rapids, Mich.-based X-Rite introduced a handheld instrument called Capsure, designed to help contractors and do-it-yourselfers to match colors.
The cameral-like tool retails for about $650.
It measures a color, records the date and time of the measurement, image, text, and voice dictation. Like a huge fan deck, the product suggests a specific color to match the sample and can also recommend colors that harmonize with the sample. Capsure can be recharged through a USB port, and the instrument can hold up to 100 measurements.
It was developed to handle a wide range of material types, textures and colors, even hard-to-measure surfaces such as textured walls and facades, magazine illustrations, carpets, fabrics with small patterns and open-weave textiles that can confound other instruments because of their textural complexity.