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AHR Expo highlights important trends in HVAC&R industry
By Denny Hydrick
I recently attended the AHR Expo 2014 in New York City along with several thousand more freezing souls. The show is co-sponsored by AHRI and ASHRAE, which is obviously pointed towards HVAC professionals, many of whom are employed in some type of facility. This fact alone made the Association for Facilities Engineering presence almost a necessity. The ASHRAE Journal conducts an annual survey ahead of the AHR Expo and publishes the results in their Official Show Daily newspaper. I found some interesting correlations between the attendee responses and the AFE message and goals.
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1st Canadian projects to begin pursuing LEED v4 in 2014
EDC Magazine
The Canada Green Building Council is pleased to announce the availability of the next generation of the LEED rating system, LEED v4 in Canada. The CaGBC will continue to deliver and administer LEED in Canada working with its longstanding partner, the USGBC.
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  What's your Carbon Footprint?

Compressed air and steam leaks increase the size of your carbon footprint in addition to cutting efficiencies, wasting energy and effecting your bottom line. Click here to view important information on methods, best practices, software and instruments that will help keep your company profitable and improve the environment.

Solar energy global market drivers and challenges
By Don Rosato
The worldwide solar energy or photovoltaic demand reached only 29 gigawatts last year, a 5 percent year-over-year increase. This is the first time in 10 years that the year-over-year photovoltaic industry market growth has been less than 10 percent. For supply and demand to have been balanced during 2012-13, end-market demand should have approached the 45 GW level. This overcapacity is having a significant effect on companies all along the supply chain as the industry consolidates.
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2013 trends recap
Today's Facility Manager
With plans for the new year in full swing, a look back on both the mature and emerging issues in facility management deserve a second look. This feature brings together a snapshot of some of the topics covered in TFM's "Trends" features during 2013. The scope of these topics as well as their evolution, even over the past 12 months, is indicative of the diverse and fast paced nature of the work of today's facility managers.
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Envision a green roof retrofit
The weather may still be gray, but it's not too early to kick off green roof projects. In fact, thanks to a handful of financial incentives, greening your roof has become more affordable than in past years. Green Infrastructure Grants from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, for example, could defray hundreds of thousands of dollars in startup costs for commercial and institutional buildings. Two recent projects serve as examples of what's possible.
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Why 2014 is a good time to be in the lighting controls business
By Allan McHale
This is now the most exciting time for the lighting industry since the early 20th century. We are truly at an inflection point, and the forthcoming shakeout over the next five years will determine the winners and losers in the game — as well as who will be the lighting giants of the future. The impact of LED technology is providing vast opportunities to improve lighting products and controls and their efficiency. This has coincided with the mandated demand to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in buildings, thus creating this challenging opportunity.
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