What does climate change disclosure mean for green building?
Did you know your company may have a duty to disclose how climate change may impact your business? A group of Crowell & Moring attorneys—James Chen, Bryan Brewer and Jessica Hall—recently released a Climate Change Client Alert regarding the issuance of climate disclosure guidance by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). This alert has important implications for those companies required to make disclosures and may impact the green building industry as well. More
AFE corporate partners support facilities engineering education
AFE's Global Technical Partners play a direct and significant role in promoting the personal and professional success of AFE members. Their support allows AFE to offer ongoing training and education, certification courses and other valuable technical resources AFE members need to deal with everyday issues on the job. Not surprisingly, the majority of AFE members and certified professionals indicate they're more likely to do business with an AFE Global Technical Partner than their competitors. To learn how to become an AFE Global Technical Partner and reach more than 40,000 facilities professionals, click here or contact AFE at (571) 203-7235.
Six ways to save energy and reduce waste in the office
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Brad Roderick, executive vice president of Inkcycle, provides green office tips from his own experience, including using energy saving lights, eco-friendly flooring, recycled copier paper and replacing company vehicles with hybrids. More
Canada's buildings playing catch-up in eco-friendliness
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Buildings don't come any greener than a new research centre being built at the University of British Columbia, which relies on the wind, the sun and the ground to provide it with all of its energy needs. When it opens in 2011, the $37-million Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability will actually reduce the amount of energy used by the university as a whole, as it produces more power than it will consume. It is billed as the most environmentally friendly building under construction in North America, though UBC Vancouver Sustainability executive director John Robinson concedes that new projects will likely to vie for the title before its doors open. More
AFE sponsors National Facilities Management & Technology Conference/Expo (NFM&T)
AFE is sponsoring the NFMT 2010 Conference program to be held March 16-18 in Baltimore. The program features pre-conference workshops and 100 educational sessions in 12 tracks, with CEUs available. The expo showcases more than 500 leading companies and their products and services. Products include: access control and security; ADA; building automation; carpet care; energy management; restroom/plumbing; roofing; sustainable solutions/LEED products; and more. The Building Services Pavilion showcases firms that can provide solutions on a contract or project basis, such as total facility management, energy services, and HVAC maintenance. More
Obama sets aside $3.4 billion stimulus to jump start "Power Grid 2.0" in U.S.
You may already know this, but our power grid system has been largely left alone for half a century. We’re using inefficient grid technology to try to thread power across our country and in the process are losing precious energy and a lot of cash. As part of the infamous American Reinvestment and Recovery Act–or Stimulus–Obama smartly set aside $3.4 billion to invest in smart grid technology in 2010 and beyond. That block of funding was matched by industry money and private investment to total over $8 billion in funding for everything from installation of smart meters to funding for manufacturing processes. More
Green building technologies that could change the game
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Green technology can help stimulate the economy, reduce carbon emissions and build a clean-energy future in the U.S. The American Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act included almost $100 billion for investments in clean energy, energy efficiency and green job training. With buildings accounting for 40 percent of carbon emissions in the U.S. (and 72 percent of total electricity consumption), it is expected that buildings will need to reach increasingly higher levels of performance to meet carbon reduction goals. More
Will clean electricity blossom with Bloom Box?
A February 21 "60 Minutes" segment offered an introductory peek into the people and the principle behind a clean energy innovation that will be officially introduced on Wednesday, February 24. Bloom Energy, and its Bloom Box fuel cell technology, have been mum until now on the details while they have been raising a staggering $400 million in investment capital with the hope of launching what Sridhar insists will be a clean energy game-changer. More
Southern Nevada college may use solar power to halve operating costs
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In the Las Vegas Valley of Nevada, where solar insulation values meet or exceed 6.5—the highest level in the continental U.S.—a college is considering installing a major solar photovoltaic distributed power system across three of its campuses. The College of Southern Nevada (CSN)—which includes a 22-year-old, 80-acre campus at 6375 W. Charleston Blvd. in Las Vegas, as well as a 36-year-old building at 3200 E. Cheyenne Ave. in North Las Vegas, and a 29-year-old building at 700 College Drive in Henderson – wants to cut its electricity costs in half via a distributed solar array being designed by Las Vegas-based architectural firm JMA. More