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Wind's future remains uncertain despite credit renewal
Planetizen    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
While the wind energy credit was extended thanks to the fiscal cliff deal, don't expect to see a flurry of wind projects built and certainly it won't match last year's production. Much uncertainty remains for this renewable power industry. Ryan Tracy writes about the uncertainty that the wind industry faces despite seeing the wind Production Tax Credit of 2.2 cents per kilowatt hour extended for 2013 due to the fiscal cliff deal (American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012). "Wind power faces competition from low-priced natural gas and slow growth in U.S. electricity demand," he said, but the biggest uncertainty is whether the credit will be renewed next year for projects unable to break ground in 2013. More

Exemplifying energy management: Meeting massive goals
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When Andy Schonberger, director of the Earth Rangers Centre in Woodbridge, Ontario, arrives in the morning, he grabs a cup of coffee, flips on his computer, and begins analyzing a breakdown of the building’s energy performance. He's constantly checking its pulse, looking for areas of improvement. When his counterpart Brett Sverkas, the facility manager, gets in, he mans the back end of a communications hub he implemented, where occupants can anonymously report complaints or concerns via Google Docs. He's continuously gauging the goings-on, wondering where performance can get better. More

Updating for efficiency
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Geothermal heat pump system helps Sonoma County Water Agency achieve sustainability goals in an HVAC retrofit project. More

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Biomimicry in green building: 3 ways sustainable building technologies copied nature    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Biomimicry, the method of using concepts from nature to solve problems, is becoming a popular trend in green building and clean tech. As stated by Janine Benyus in her 2002 book, "Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature," “the Biomimicry Revolution introduces an era based not on what we can extract from nature, but what we can learn from her." Thanks to evolution and survival of the fittest, nature is extremely efficient — organisms (possibly with the exception of humans) use minimal energy to perform functions essential to their livelihood. Researchers are studying these strategies and copying them to produce more effective, energy efficient technologies for powering, heating, and cooling our buildings. More

Air filters provide primary line of defense    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Feeling air sick? Like many institutional facilities, healthcare facilities are under pressure to maintain superior indoor air quality. This pressure is most acute in health care facilities because of the large numbers of at-risk people, including post-operative patients, immunocompromised patients, seniors and infants. Indoor air pollutants are unwelcome visitors in health care facilities, and poor IAQ can cause a host of ills. It can significantly influence the occurrence of communicable respiratory illnesses, allergy and asthma symptoms and sick building symptoms. More

China to double its solar power capacity
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China, the world's top energy consumer, will more than double its installed solar power capacity this year from 2012, the government said, driving up shares of U.S.-listed Chinese solar companies. China aims to add 10 gigawatts of installed solar power capacity this year, up from 7 GW at the end of last year, the government said on its website, citing an annual national energy work conference. More

Leadership and career development    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Facility management companies have recognized that cost is a key driver in the delivery of the facilities service, and that the importance of development of staff is a critical factor in providing sustainable and cost-effective services. Training and development is rapidly becoming the backbone of the FM industry. This ensures employees are adequately trained in health and safety, hard and soft services, and have a sound knowledge of procedures and government legislation. More


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