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Study: Steel roofs can last as long as buildings they cover
FMLink
Of interest to facilities managers and owners in the process of specifying a new roof, the Metal Construction Association has released new research findings that conclude that certain metal roof systems can last at least 60 years, meaning they do not require replacement during a commercial building's service life. The specific type is common on low-rise commercial buildings such as warehouses, schools, distribution centers, shopping centers, exposition halls and other facilities.
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Proposed sustainability goals take water solutions to next level
GreenBiz
The Millennium Development Goals came to a close in 2014, and the Sustainable Development Goals will be launched in 2015. Water-related MDGs are listed in the following article.
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Starving the energy monster for energy efficient buildings
Siemens via Phys.org
There are one and a half million commercial buildings in the U.S. Less than 10 percent of them have energy management systems. Technology from a Siemens company in Austin, Texas, has what it takes to steadily ramp down this huge sector's appetite for energy. Although high-profile measures to slow global warming seem to be eternally stuck in neutral, a combination of technology and market forces offers the potential of putting a significant dent in energy demand and carbon dioxide emissions in the United States.
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New registry for environmental product declarations
BUILDINGS
While the interest in green building certifications, including LEED and Green Globes, continues to grow, so too does the market for environmentally friendly building materials. A new resource has been created to assist building professionals in making eco-friendly purchasing decisions – the Environmental Product Declaration Registry. The database is searchable by product name or manufacturer and can help decision-makers better understand the environmental impact of specific building products.
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What building owners need to know about green building rating systems
Environmental Leader
When it comes to green building rating systems, facility owners have several choices. Because of this, it's important for them to have some familiarity with the most widely recognized green building programs in the U.S. — LEED, Green Globes, Energy Star and the Living Building Challenge — says Lawrence Clark, principal, Sustainable Performance Solutions, in an HPAC Engineering article.
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Report: Federal government networks vulnerable to hackers through building systems
The Wall Street Journal
Security experts warn that the federal government and most companies are vulnerable to cyberattacks that can breach corporate networks through a building's heating, air conditioning, lighting and other systems. Nobody, for example, is assessing or addressing cyber risk to building access and control systems for thousands of federal buildings that are protected by the Department of Homeland Security, according to a new Government Accountability Report.
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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.
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IHS: 10 lighting and LED trends for 2015
CleanTechnica
Leading analytics company, IHS, has forecast 10 trends that it believes will propel the lighting and LED industry through 2015, which it believes could lead to improved margins for companies and lower prices for consumers. "For the big three lighting suppliers, the road was bumpy: all of them recorded falling revenue in the first three quarters of 2014," said William Rhodes, research manager of lighting and LEDs at IHS Technology.
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