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Solar cell efficiency upgrades?
Solar energy is getting cheaper. Solar energy is getting more efficient. In the facility management and building world today, it's almost impossible to maneuver without hearing about the benefits of “the one” renewable energy. Every day, new technology updates and manufacturing techniques are emerging that may place solar squarely on top of the sustainable soiree. Today is no different, as computer simulations by researchers at the University of California-Davis and in Hungary are using an exotic form of silicon to improve the efficiency of solar cells.
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Not just green, it's green squared
EDC Magazine
New tile sustainability standard raises the bar for multi-attribute product certification and transparency.
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Automatic door considerations
We've come to expect automatic doors in many types of facilities. Grocery stores, hotels, hospitals, airports and convenience stores are all commonly associated with the automatic door. But automatic doors can add convenience, cost savings and an enhanced sense of customer service in many other types of buildings as well. Architects may want to consider automatic doors for building designs where they may not traditionally think of them. The American Association of Automatic Door Manufacturers has identified six situations where architects may want to consider automatic doors.
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Hawaii sets 'breakthrough' framework for new solar power
Los Angeles Times
Hawaii's love affair with rooftop solar energy has turned into a gold rush. In 2012, as many permits for new solar units were issued on the island of Oahu alone as in the entire state over the last decade. That, inevitably, has led to gridlock. Homeowners and businesses in some areas have been required to conduct expensive studies before hooking up new solar power to the electrical grid, which utility operators fear could become saturated with unpredictable do-it-yourself power.
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Could the Middle East fuel the solar industry?
Harvard Business Review
"Ten years ago we met in Saudi and said 'someday we'll be sitting in the middle of the desert talking about renewable energy.' And here we are." The speaker was an academic at Sydney's University of New South Wales, and we met last week at a vast trade show in Abu Dhabi called the World Future Energy Summit. On display were wind turbines, systems to control homes and electric grids as one integrated entity, equipment to clean solar panels, and the like, in a space as large as a dozen football fields, lit by powerful LED chandeliers fifty feet above.
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Energy Roof aims to better aesthetics, eco credentials of buildings
Eco Chunk
The rise in the cost of energy along with the need to reduce the carbon footprint of buildings, architects around the world have started to come up with buildings that either generate energy, save energy or try to conserve freshwater by harvesting rain. With such designs, the future of architecture definitely seems green, but buildings that have already been built do not often see this change due to the high cost of installing such systems in built structures. As a solution to this problem, architect and eco conscious designer Wooho Park has come up with the Energy Roof — a multipurpose structure that can be installed on upcoming and already-built structures.
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