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Feb. 10, 2009
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A Green Action Plan for Existing Buildings
from Greener Buildings
The beginning of 2009 mandates an increased focus on mankind's impact on the environment. Organizations are increasingly being deluged with new green products and technologies, NGOs are promoting new greenhouse gas reduction targets, and governments are beginning to pass new legislative standards. And we find that creating, operating and traveling between our built environments impact the Earth more than any other set of activities. The imperative to address our existing environments is upon us. More


U.S. Wind Power Grew by 50 Percent in 2008 as China's Doubled
from Ars Technica
Many renewable energy technologies, most notably photovoltaic, are struggling to reach what's called "grid parity," where the cost of the power they generate matches that of fossil fuel generation. One technology that's largely there is wind, as maturing turbine technology and economies of scale have made the economics of wind power quite competitive. Those economics can clearly be seen in the latest figures on the growth of the wind industry, which cover 2008. Among the milestones: wind was the largest component of Europe's growth in electric generating capacity, the U.S. became the world's top wind energy producer, and China doubled its installed capacity in just a year—for the fourth year running. More

Looking for Workshops? Trade Shows? Visit AFE’s Dynamic Online Calendar
from AFE
AFE has been beefing up its online calendar. About a hundred valuable educational events already are posted for 2009 – and more are being added all the time. These events – things like courses, workshops, trade shows and webinars -- are from a variety of sources (including AFE!) and are at a wide range of locations. We’ve even got the details for an energy forum in Paris and an HVAC expo in Beijing. For every event, there’s a brief description and a link to all the facts from the source. To see what’s coming up, visit

Canadian Startup Uses Swarm Logic for Energy Management
from Technology Review Online
Air-conditioning units and heating systems are examples of power-hungry equipment that regularly switches on and off in commercial buildings. When these devices are all switched on at once, power consumption spikes, and a building's owners are left with hefty peak-demand charges on their electricity bills. More

2009 Top Five Real Estate and Development Trends
from PR Newswire
Giffels-Webster Engineers, a civil engineering firm, revealed its annual list of Top Five Real Estate and Development Trends. This article breaks down the hottest market-growth areas. More

Space Technology Inc.

Zaha Unveils Romanian Skyscraper
from The Architects Journal
Zaha Hadid Architects has revealed images of its 200m-tall tower in Bucharest. The project that features concrete-filled steel ‘profiles’ is due to complete in 2013. More

Networked Sensors Can Increase Energy Efficiency
from Automated Buildings
The increasing level of scrutiny on energy consumption in business environments demands a detailed and ongoing understanding of the patterns of current energy consumption levels and a way to identify opportunities for increased efficiency. Networked sensors and a new generation of measurement and verification tools can play a huge role in gaining the necessary insights and implementing the most efficient and sustained energy strategies. More

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