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A look back at the best facility lighting options for 2014
Pamela Tresp
The ladies out there will remember that the most popular episode on Oprah Winfrey's show was her annual "favorite things" episode. While I'm certainly not Oprah and not giving any product away, I do want to share some of my favorite things from this past year used in various commercial/industrial facilities. Hopefully, some of this information will be of value and maybe spark some ideas to make your life easier.
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Certified buildings have lower climate impact
BUILDINGS
While commercial buildings certified under the LEED program can consume less energy than traditional buildings, a new study shows that the benefits may not stop there – green features such as water management and recycling provide facilities with an even smaller carbon footprint.
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Cheap solar power emerges from mineral named for Russian count
Bloomberg
Materials that may be cheaper and more efficient than silicon at converting the sun's rays into electricity could be key to the next generation of solar power, scientists say. Though years away from being used to commercially produce solar cells, perovskites, named for a 19th century Russian count, are emerging as the most promising material for solar cells.
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EPA delays carbon emissions rules
Environmental Leader
The EPA will delay its carbon emissions rules for power plants until midsummer, the agency announced. The rule for new power plants was originally slated to be finalized Jan. 8, while the final rule for existing power plants was expected June 2. The agency now says it will finalize both at the same time.
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Green buildings cost 20 percent less to maintain
SustainableBusiness.com
One of the many advantages of green buildings is that they cost less to operate, and now a study confirms how that's benefiting the federal government and taxpayers. The U.S. General Services Administration and Pacific Northwest National Lab examined a year of data for 22 LEED-certified federal buildings across the country and found they cost 19 percent less to maintain than conventional buildings.
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Almost 4,000 US schools are running on solar
SustainableBusiness.com
Few places benefit more from solar than public schools, where the energy savings can literally make the difference in being able to pay teacher salaries and buy textbooks. The first study of solar at U.S. schools finds installations at 3,752 K-12 schools, reaching nearly 2.7 million students. The schools are saving a combined $77.8 million a year on utility bills — an average of almost $21,000 a year per school.
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Why your facilities management software should be mobile
iOffice
The role of the facility manager has expanded significantly over the years. FMs are now responsible for implementing cost-saving measures, instituting value-added services and using advanced technology to make the most out of a facility's space. The rapid adaption of smartphones, tablets, mobile apps and mobile websites have made the job of the FM and their field agents much more efficient. Find out why your facilities management software should be mobile in the following article.
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Become a contributing writer
MultiBriefs
In an effort to enhance the overall content of AFE Weekly Headlines, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of AFE, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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