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Energy benchmarking could drive utility energy-efficiency programs
Several cities have recently implemented building energy benchmarking laws and standards, with Philadelphia being the most recent, requiring all buildings more than 50,000 square feet to measure their energy and water use and disclose the resulting data to the public.
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Mexico's solar power capacity may triple this year
Mexico's photovoltaic capacity could triple this year driven by the richest households and the first large-scale plants, according to the head of its solar lobbying group. Solar installations will at least double to 60 megawatts from 30 megawatts operating now and may treble if state-owned utility Comision Federal de Electricidad calls a tender for more capacity this year, Alvaro Lenz-Herrera, president of the Asociacion Nacional de Energia Solar, said in an interview. CFE has been planning a bidding process for 30 megawatts in large-scale solar parks in Baja California since 2012, he said.
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Amping up your emergency preparedness
Can you imagine a failure in your facility that lasts for just 34 minutes or so — but 108 million people are asking you what's wrong and when are you going to have it fixed? That was the situation during the recent Super Bowl when a problem with the utility's switchgear reduced power to the New Orleans Superdome. Although backup power kept the facility from going totally dark, concourses were illuminated only by emergency lighting. The escalators and all but one elevator could not operate.
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Airport hangar receives new retrofit roof system, energy upgrade
Today's Facility Manager
The Lafayette, La., Regional Airport underwent a retrofit re-roof and energy upgrade on its 114 Borman aircraft hangar building. The project was out of the ordinary for a re-roof, since the existing metal roof was barreled. This required the new metal roof to be job-site curved. David Furr of Roofing Solutions LLC of Prairieville stated that the 120-foot roof panels were roll-formed and curved on site. According to Anel Ayala, job site superintendent for Roofing Solutions, this was time consuming and challenging; it took up to 15 workers at a time to stage the panels atop the old roof.
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How to recycle carpet
The problem of what to do with old carpet is usually swept under the rug, but manufacturers, nonprofit organizations, and lawmakers are coming up with several solutions. The process has become so easy that when you must face the problem, you'll think you're getting the red carpet treatment. Familiarize yourself with what needs to be done so that the ordeal is smooth and plush.
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Climate conversations: Could Libya be a top solar energy producer?
Could Libya become a major producer of solar power? New research suggests the North African country could produce about five times more power from solar energy than it does from oil. Research conducted by Nottingham Trent University's School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment found the oil-rich nation, with the right investment, could harvest enough renewable energy from solar power to meet its own electricity demands and export power to its neighbors.
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