Trane Receives Environmental Award The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency honored The Trane Co., La Crosse, Wis., with its Cli-mate Protection Award for the company's Earth-Wise CenTraVac. The award noted that the "... chiller uses an environmentally balanced alternative and leads the industry with superior performance, boasting efficiencies of 0.48 kilowatts/ton or better at ARI-rated conditions and a 'near-zero' refrigerant emissions level." The ceremony, which took place at the 1998 Earth Technologies Forum, honored individuals, compa- nies and associations who showed "exemplary efforts and achievements in protecting the global climate."

EELA Conference The Energy Efficient Lighting Association (EELA) will hold its second annual conference, "Enlightening America '99," Feb. 1-3 at Hotel Inter-Continental in Dallas. Dr. Stephen Johnson, noted scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, will deliver the keynote address. Contact Lynn Russo at (609) 799-4900 for details.

Cooper Industries Acquires Lumiere Houston-based Cooper Industries Inc. has acquired Westlake Village, Calif.-based Lumiere Design and Manufacturing Inc. Lumiere will become part of the Cooper Lighting division, which is headquartered in Elk Grove Village, Ill. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. H. John Riley Jr., chairman, president and CEO of Cooper Industries, says the Lumiere line is expected to be a "complement to our specification-grade residential and commercial interior lighting.

Altro Floors Launches Website, New Catalog The North American website of Altro Floors, Mississauga, Ontario, features detailed product and installation information, maintenance instructions and typical applications for its safety flooring. The site -- www.altrofloors.com -- offers browsers a chance to sign up for seminars offered by the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System. In addition, specifiers will have a direct link to the Altro National Risk Management Advisory Board.

While the website allows users to learn about the Altro's latest products, the company's new catalog allows users to buy them. The catalog offers new flooring products, color selections and product warranties.

LIGHTPOINT Institute For Lighting Technology Danvers, Mass.-based OSRAM SYLVANIA has announced the schedule for its LIGHTPOINT Institute for Lighting Technology. Classes are of-fered in Danvers and at the company's National Customer Support Center in Westfield, Ind. The 1999 schedule offers courses on lighting basics, lighting design and application, and energy savings. The two- to three-day courses are $250 per person and begin in February. Call Joan Beaulieu at (978) 750-2464 for a complete schedule.

Acquisition Combines Strengths Of Two Fixture Companies Richmond, Va.-based Miller Manufacturing (est. 1897) has acquired St. Louis-based Multiplex Display Fixture Co. (est. 1903). Both companies provide design, engineering and production of fixtures for re- tail chains, as well as point-of- purchase displays for consumer products and home furnishings manufacturers. The combined company has become one of the top 10 fixture manufacturers in the country, with a combined capacity of 650,000 sq. ft. in two geographic locations. Multiplex will serve as a division of Miller and will continue to directly serve its customers.

Sarnafil Offers 600-Page Design/Specification Manual Canton, Mass.-based Sarnafil Inc. has published a new comprehensive design/specification manual for use by building owners, facility engineers, architects and consultants who are doing new or retrofit roofing. The 600-page manual includes full-color cutaways of several roofing systems, as well as drawings and instructions to complete common roofing details. Also available is the 1998 Roofing and Waterproofing Literature Library on CD-ROM. Users can download specifications, drawings and product literature directly into proposals and submittals. Call (800) 576-2358.