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High-performing buildings require highly qualified engineers
By Peter Rojeski Jr.
Many buildings have been designed to be energy efficient, but without proper "tuning" they will never achieve their potential. Like high-performance race cars, a high-performing building has many delicate control points that need to be periodically monitored and adjusted in order to maintain peak operating efficiency. It is not uncommon for the engineering design team, the equipment manufacturer and the operating engineer to work for a year or more in an effort to tune up a new building so that it performs as efficiently as predicted by the design simulation.
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Innovations in energy efficiency finance: New FHA rule points the way ahead for 2014
NRDC
A simple new rule of the Federal Housing Administration should be counted as a recent innovation in energy efficiency finance: For a homebuyer to qualify for an FHA-insured mortgage to purchase a newly built house, the house must meet the standards of a modern energy code.
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State, feds announce first West Coast wind energy farm off Oregon shores
The Associated Press via KATU-TV
A Seattle company is being given the green light to develop plans to build the West Coast's first offshore wind energy farm — five floating turbines off Oregon's Coos Bay — federal and state officials said.
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Intelligibility and mass notification systems
Today's Facility Manager
A mass notification system is designed to clearly communicate with people during a catastrophic disaster or threat, steering them away from danger and toward safety. There are two classifications of the MNS: wide-area, providing real-time information to outdoor areas, and in-building, providing information and instruction to people inside a building by way of intelligible voice communications and often, visible signals, text and graphics.
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Los Angeles buildings slash costs through Better Buildings Initiative
BUILDINGS
Recognized by the DOE as a Better Buildings Challenge leader, Los Angeles has pledged to reduce the energy use for 30 million square feet of city-owned and private buildings by 20 percent by 2020.
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What does recycled content in carpet mean?
BUILDINGS
If you want to walk on carpet and flooring systems made with recycled content, you must first walk on the eggshells of green certification. The most important considerations involve verification, performance, and aesthetics. Going green can pose a bumpy path.
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