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Energy efficiency becoming increasingly mainstream worldwide
Today's building stock accounts for a substantial amount of global energy use. As a result, energy efficiency is being used as a broad-based strategy to solve energy-related spending on and reducing the carbon footprint of building stock. Energy efficiency has become a central part of corporate and government strategies to reduce carbon emissions and manage assets more strategically, according to Navigant Research, with the global market for energy-efficient buildings supported by region and countrywide legislation and initiatives.
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New lower cost sensors and controls yield better energy efficiency
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Regulating comfort in small commercial buildings could become more efficient and less expensive thanks to an innovative low-cost wireless sensor technology being developed by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Buildings are responsible for about 40 percent of the energy consumed in the United States. Studies indicate that advanced sensors and controls have the potential to reduce the energy consumption of buildings by 20-30 percent.
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What can facilities managers do with 35 percent more time?
Over the past several decades, facilities management has expanded to include a broad range of business functions that emphasize deriving maximum value from a facility. Countless factors have driven the increase in the complexities and responsibilities of the facility manager's job. Facilities themselves are more complicated, evolving toward more computerized support systems and the smart systems that are coming on line in more businesses today.
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Utility watchdog says efficiency most effective way to slash energy bills
Shopping for electricity suppliers in the deregulated Illinois market has become more expensive, and low-cost power deals have become virtually nonexistent. As a result, energy-efficiency programs have emerged as the most reliable way to cut utility bills, according to the Citizens Utility Board. CUB says that even its most basic efficiency program, CUB Energy Saver, has the potential to save Commonwealth Edison customers $153 million a year.
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Strength in 'Union' for cooling and heating technologies
Andrew Gaved
The potential influence of the cooling and heating sectors on reducing energy use is well known, but the release by the European Commission of its strategy framework for an Energy Union is set to put energy-efficient cooling and heating center stage. The potential for increased impact is well demonstrated by the fact that immediately following the Energy Union's publication, associations representing both cooling suppliers and heat pumps rushed out position papers underlining how the opportunity could be grasped — and noting that technology already exists in the cooling, heating and heat pump sector to make significant energy efficiency gains.
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Virginia Tech selected to continue development of innovative building automation system
The Energy Department has awarded the Virginia Polytechnic and State University Advanced Research Institute nearly $2 million to continue research and development of its Building Energy Management Open Source Software for small and medium-sized commercial buildings. Currently, small and medium buildings make up over 95 percent of the floor space and about 50 percent of the energy consumed by commercial buildings in the U.S. each year.
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EPA approves more climate-friendly refrigerants for A/C and refrigeration
As part of President Barack Obama's Climate Action Plan, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is increasing the options for refrigerants used in various kinds of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment in the United States that offer better climate protection without harming the ozone layer. This final action addresses refrigerants under the Climate Action Plan that calls on EPA's Significant New Alternatives Policy Program to identify and approve additional climate-friendly chemicals.
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US building fewer skyscrapers
Structural Engineer
The construction of an 1,100-foot tall multiuse skyscraper is underway in downtown Los Angeles. At 2.1 million square feet and 73 stories tall, the Wilshire Grand will be the tallest building west of the Mississippi River. While this is an impressive height, especially for Los Angeles, it is dwarfed, worldwide, by roughly 40 structures. The majority of these buildings, around 34, exist outside of the U.S.
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