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NASA space tech to make green buildings more efficient
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NASA has announced a plan to develop next-gen intelligent, automated monitoring systems for both offices and research environments. Collaborating with Integrated Building Solutions (IBS), the system will enhance energy efficiency, reduce consumption and provide a more comfortable workspace. The system will be tested at NASA's Sustainability Base after its completion in 2010. More

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Solar shingles see the light of day
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Dow Chemical is moving full speed ahead to develop roof shingles embedded with photovoltaic cells. To facilitate the move, the U.S. Department of Energy has backed Dow's efforts with a US$17.8 million tax credit that will help the company launch an initial market test of the product later this year. More




London's Olympic stadium to be made out of recycled guns and knives
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Knives and guns seized from London thugs are being recycled into building materials for the 2012 Olympic Games, police said. London's Metropolitan Police said it collected more than 52 tons of scrap metal from guns, knives and old keys in the last financial year. The force said the recovered steel, iron and other valuable metals were melted down and used in construction, with some of the materials going to the Olympic site in Stratford, east London. More


Golden State Warriors hook up with The Solar Company to green practice facility
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The Golden State Warriors and The Solar Company are cutting the ribbon today on a solar installation at the basketball team's practice facility—the first in the NBA to be powered with renewable energy. More


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AFE corporate partners support facilities engineering education
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AFE's Global Technical Partners play a direct and significant role in promoting the personal and professional success of AFE members. Their support allows AFE to offer ongoing training and education, certification courses and other valuable technical resources AFE members need to deal with everyday issues on the job. Not surprisingly, the majority of AFE members and certified professionals indicate they're more likely to do business with an AFE Global Technical Partner than their competitors. To learn how to become an AFE Global Technical Partner and reach more than 40,000 facilities professionals, click here or contact AFE at (571) 203-7235.


Expanding use of wind power feasible but may be costly
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Wind could replace coal and natural gas for 20 or 30 percent of electricity supplied in the eastern two-thirds of the United States by 2024, according to a study released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Energy, but doing so would require a reorganization of the power grid and a significant increase in costs. More


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For architects this decade, building efficiency will replace grandiosity
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On Jan. 4, the new decade's first day of business, grand openings of two extraordinary real estate projects were widely reported: the $8.5 billion, 18.5 million square-foot City Center complex in Las Vegas; and the $1.5 billion Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the world's tallest skyscraper, standing more than a half-mile high on the east coast of the Arabian peninsula. Media commentators noted that both celebrations seemed like punctuation marks signaling the end of a decade of real estate investment excess and architectural extravagance. You don't have to be a fortune teller to predict that huge, costly luxury projects such as City Center and the Burj Khalifa (formerly the Burj Dubai) will be emulated infrequently during the second decade of the 21st century. More


Targeting energy efficiency
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Eating right, exercising regularly, flossing—we know we should be doing these things every day but they're just not that exciting. For many businesses, energy efficiency feels the same—it's clearly a good idea, but somehow it always falls to the bottom of the corporate "to do" list. Ho-hum as it may sound, energy efficiency packs a punch. Consulting mavens McKinsey and Co. estimate that the U.S. has the potential to reduce its annual energy consumption by 23 percent over the next 10 years through cost-effective energy efficiency measures. That would be enough—by itself—to meet President Obama's climate goals. More
 

 
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