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House passes energy efficiency bill for commercial buildings
Bloomberg BNA
The House passed legislation that aims to boost the energy efficiency of commercial buildings leased to tenants on a strong 375-36 vote. The Better Buildings Act, sponsored by Reps. Peter Welch, D-Vt., and David McKinley, R-W.Va., would direct the Environmental Protection Agency to establish a Tenant Star program to promote energy efficiency in commercial spaces leased to tenants. That program would be similar to the existing Energy Star energy efficiency labeling program for appliances.
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How to advance your facilities career
By Denny Hydrick
You're already "God's gift to the facilities engineering world" or to the maintenance management world or to any world (take your pick). You never make mistakes. You're flexible, always on time, rarely take breaks, well-liked, communicative and so on. To sum this up with fewer adjectives: You are a perfect employee. Of course I typed that tongue-in-cheek, but let's suppose for a moment that you possess some of those attributes. You are a good employee and you are good at your job, how then do you advance your career?
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  What's your Carbon Footprint?

Compressed air and steam leaks increase the size of your carbon footprint in addition to cutting efficiencies, wasting energy and effecting your bottom line. Click here to view important information on methods, best practices, software and instruments that will help keep your company profitable and improve the environment.

US solar market grew 41 percent, had record year in 2013
Greentech Media
Continuing its explosive growth, the U.S. solar industry had a record-shattering year in 2013. According to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association's Solar Market Insight Year in Review 2013, photovoltaic installations continued to proliferate, increasing 41 percent over 2012 to reach 4,751 megawatts. In addition, 410 megawatts of concentrating solar power came online.
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Report: Iowa No. 1 in wind energy
Times Republican
Just by looking around the state, it's no wonder why Iowa is among the national leaders in producing wind energy. A report released by the American Wind Energy Association indicated Iowa produces 27.4 percent of its total energy production from wind generation, which makes it the leader in the country.
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Will state legislatures join Congress and cut green energy incentives?
What's happening in Kansas could be happening in your state. It's not completely clear that the efforts to rollback the statewide renewable energy requirements there — and in 16 other states — will succeed. But it is obvious that, nationally, the tax preference given to renewables is fading.
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The HVAC factor: Standard maintenance
Today's Facility Manager
In 2013, a revised ACR, the Standard for Assessment, Cleaning, and Restoration of HVAC Systems from NADCA (National Air Duct Cleaners Association) was released to the industry. This standard has evolved from procedural based guidelines, standards of care, and research originating from NADCA, along with associated organizations. It is based on reliable principles, review of applicable industry literature and information, and practical experience. It focuses on preventing job related hazards, such as exposure to workers and occupants, as well as cross-contamination to the indoor environment.
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