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Groups oppose special interest effort to subvert energy efficiency bill in federal buildings
EDC Magazine
The American Institute of Architects and nearly 1,000 businesses from across the country urged Congress to reject special interest efforts to repeal the law setting goals for reducing fossil fuel use in federal buildings by 2030. The letter comes in response to reports that the oil and gas lobby pushed to include a repeal of Section 433 of the Energy Independence and Security Act in the bipartisan Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency bill.
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Facility management: Proactive vs. reactive
By Jeannea Jones
As with most things in life, an offensive position yields better results than a defensive one. The same holds true in facility management. Plant operations and maintenance personnel encounter reactive situations on a daily basis, but the wise FM professional who approaches service from a proactive position will be able to avert many equipment failures and down time, thus positively impacting the "quality of life" for the building campus community. Let's break down the differences in the two approaches.
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5 green roofs that showcase system flexibility
BUILDINGS
Whether it is a new construction or a retrofit project, facility managers and building owners are going green with eco-friendly roofs. Not sure if your building can handle the load? Explore the possibilities with these North American green roofing projects, which include facilities both big and small.
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Optimizing the wind energy resource
Forbes
Much has been written concerning the difficulty of integrating wind power into the electric grid. Of significant note was last year's New York Times article that highlighted the issue of curtailment — the practice of reducing the amount of wind energy produced because it cannot be integrated into the power grid. However, while integration and curtailment can be real issues, they need not be that significant, if the proper planning occurs and if systems and transmission infrastructure are put in place. And real economic gains can occur as a consequence.
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Solar energy process technology developments to watch
By Don Rosato
System considerations such as reliability, overall energy production rate and competitiveness in the Levelized Cost of Energy, or LCOE, are dominating solar energy maturation as subsidized manufacturing is replaced by true grid parity. While the biggest photovoltaic producers of today push to optimize manufacturing and output, their fortunes could change sharply if a new kid on the block with a technology that dramatically cuts PV production costs and ramps up cell performance proves to be scalable. Globally, the solar industry is experiencing a period of heavy consolidation and international trade wars.
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Bryan Iams: Energy efficiency requires smart technology, pragmatic public policy
The Hill
Across the United States, energy consumption is on the rise. The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that consumption of primary energy will increase by 12 percent by the year 2040. The statistic is another reminder of the notion that a sustainable future requires the development of energy-efficient technologies.
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Indoor lighting can affect decision-making
BUILDINGS
Facility managers may want to take care while adjusting indoor lighting. According to new research, the way a room is lit can affect decision-making, with bright light acting is a possible catalyst for more intense emotions.
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