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Clear link between sustainability, tenant satisfaction
GlobeSt.com
There are a number of studies showing the link between sustainability in buildings, both their construction and operations, and the performance of said buildings. Little research has been done, however, to establish a connection between tenant satisfaction and sustainability. For many, of course, the answer to the question of whether there is link seemed to be an obvious yes.
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Green building market to experience 13 percent growth rate through 2020
Environmental Leader
The global green building market is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of around 13 percent during 2015-2020, according to a report from Research and Markets. Strong growth is attributed in part to the rising awareness of global warming and climate change issues and the knowledge that green building techniques lead to a lower level of greenhouse gas emissions.
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Energy-efficient buildings unite left and right
The Hill
With the 114th Congress newly underway, leaders from both political parties have said they want to work together. All they need are issues that both sides can agree on. Here's one — energy-efficient buildings. Energy-efficient green buildings are a model of bipartisan consensus. On the one hand, buildings that save energy help the environment by reducing carbon emissions that lead to global warming. On the other hand, energy efficiency also cuts costs and enhances the bottom line — and global competitiveness — for real estate developers and American companies.
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New efficiencies for solar panels, LED lamps
BUILDINGS
While conventional solar panels are typically silicon-based, new research shows that a different kind of light-absorbing material can yield cheaper, more efficient solar capabilities. The researchers from the University of Toronto focused on perovskites, materials that are good at absorbing light but had not been studied in a pure, single-crystal form.
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Efficient buildings help federal energy use hit 40-year low
U.S. Green Building Council via ForConstructionPros.com
The U.S. federal government, with thousands of facilities and vehicles in locations across the United States and abroad, is one of the largest energy consumers in the world, but that consumption is declining. The U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program shows total delivered-to-site energy use by the federal government fell to 0.96 quadrillion British thermal units in fiscal year 2013, the lowest recorded since 1975, the earliest year for which data are available.
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In effort to be green, property owners misuse coveted LEED designation
New England Center for Investigative Reporting
In the world of building green, there may be no bigger influence than the U.S. Green Building Council and its LEED certification, which can assure higher rents and sale prices for commercial buildings. But the New England Center for Investigative Reporting has found that limited USGBC oversight allows developers to misappropriate the LEED brand. Some use misleading advertising that can deceive renters or buyers by exaggerating a project's LEED certification status – or by obscuring the lack of one.
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Stay up to speed on roof systems technology
Facilitiesnet
Don Turner, the facilities maintenance director for Okaloosa County in Florida, encourages maintenance and engineering managers to learn all they can about the latest developments in roofing systems and ask as many questions as necessary to find the best system.
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Looking to get published this year?
MultiBriefs
In an effort to enhance the overall content of AFE Weekly Headlines, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of AFE, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this experience with your peers through well-written commentary. Make 2015 the year you get published as an expert in your field. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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