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The need to establish universal green building standards
SustainableCitiesCollective
Around the world, buildings consume an estimated one-third of global energy, which is used to heat, cool, light and ventilate the structures we use every day. As more people move to cities, and the developing world continues to modernize, energy consumption is only expected to increase. It is estimated that 70 percent of the world's population will be living in urban areas by 2050.
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Facilities management benefits local economies
BUILDINGS
The costs of operating a building benefit local businesses, create job demand and contribute to U.S. gross domestic product, according to a new survey from BOMA.
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New survey reveals American attitudes to energy and environment
CleanTechnica
A new survey conducted by the University of Michigan has concluded that Americans are as concerned about energy's impact on the environment as they are about energy's affordability. According to the survey, consumers are much more sensitive to higher gasoline prices at the pumps than they are higher home-energy bills.
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Looking to get published this year?
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 experience with your peers through well-written commentary. Make 2015 the year you get published as an expert in your field. 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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Study finds global opportunities for greater elevator efficiency
FMLink
More energy-efficient elevators can significantly reduce the costs of operating a building, but the information needed to help building owners identify the appropriate elevator system — and the savings associated with it — are not readily available, according to a new study published by a leading policy group.
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The environmental benefits of LED lighting
Piyush Bakshi
Light bulbs that use LED technology not only bring down your energy bills, but are also more environmentally-friendly when compared to incandescent bulbs and compact fluorescent lights. Both the manufacture and use of LED bulbs causes less damage to the environment than the other two alternatives.
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Frequency of heat waves growing faster in urban areas
University of California, Los Angeles via AZoCleantech.com
The frequency of heat waves has increased dramatically over the past 40 years, and the trend appears to be growing faster in urban areas than in less-populated areas around the world, a new study suggests.
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Department of Energy releases new standards for fluorescent lights
MainStreet
At the end of 2014, the Department of Energy released new energy-efficiency standards for linear fluorescent lights that will effectively and significantly lower electric bills in the national building sector. These new lighting standards are one of many released by the DOE, which finalized minimum energy-efficiency standards late last year for 10 product categories, which also included commercial refrigeration equipment, furnace fans and external power supplies such as the black box chargers needed to power our laptop computers and cellphones.
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US office market demand expected to stay strong through 2016
CoStar Group
With vacancies falling, and rents rising in growing numbers of submarkets and slices within the U.S. office sector, demand for office space is expected to remain at post-recession highs for the next two years, according to CoStar Portfolio Strategy analysts recapping the office market's past year performance.
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