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New guidelines for training building professionals
As part of the Obama Administration's Better Buildings Initiative, the DOE and the National Institute for Building Sciences has released the Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines to help aid the development and implementation of training and certification programs for commercial building employees. The initiative, which looks to make buildings 20 percent more energy efficient in the next 10 years, includes the development of a skilled clean energy workforce as one of its main goals. The new guidelines will help to not only improve building efficiency but also strengthen the skills of employees trained under the new programs.
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New York's next step in cutting carbon from buildings
The Energy Collective
When New York City leads, the world follows. That's why the announcement of the creation of a technical working group to help the city cut greenhouse gas emissions from its building sector by 30 percent by 2025 and 60 percent by 2050 is such exciting news. The effort is part of the city's One City, Built To Last plan to cut citywide greenhouse gas pollution by 80 percent from 2005 levels by 2050.
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Looking to get published this year?
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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5 tips to help facilities managers gain respect and clout
Facilities management is often an invisible field. You provide the infrastructure that allows an organization to run smoothly. When your job is running smoothly, it's hard to see that you're doing it, and it's only when mistakes happen that employees notice that there's a problem. However, facilities management issues need to be on the agenda when organizational decisions are made. Here's how you can place facilities management on the table.
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Led by the U.S., clean energy showing economic muscle worldwide, especially wind and solar
If there was any doubt about the financial viability of environmentalism, a new report published by Advanced Energy Economy shows that energy entrepreneurs not only are making dramatic progress in developing clean fuel alternatives, but they also are making money while doing it. AEE's "Advanced Energy Now 2015 Market Report," which examines the economics of the alternative fuels business, shows the amalgam of industry players generated nearly $200 billion in revenues in 2014 in the United States alone - a 14 percent increase over 2013.
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Inside Chicago's sustainability strategy
Chicago is better known as the Windy City, but its official motto, City in a Garden, describes the image it is striving for. Despite its industrial roots, the city long has been a stalwart protector of public parkland and, more recently, a champion of resilient infrastructure and sustainable development. Building on this green history, Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2012 launched Sustainable Chicago 2015 — a citywide sustainability initiative organized into seven categories, including energy efficiency, water and climate change. It features 24 specific goals with key actions steps needed to reach those goals by 2015.
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Improving greenness of cleaning programs
More than any other environmentally responsible strategy, green cleaning has become a best practice for commercial facilities. That's certainly a positive. At the same time, the growing prevalence of green cleaning products and services can make it easy to assume that no further improvement is needed. That's not the case. Facility managers can take a number of steps to continually improve the "greenness" of their cleaning programs, and step one is looking not just at chemicals but other products too, such as paper.
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An inside look at Fannie Mae's new plan to reward green communities
Multi-Housing News
Fannie Mae intends to reward multifamily properties with green building certifications, such as LEED, with lower interest rates, according to a recent announcement by the Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council. With a portfolio valued at more than $200 billion, Fannie Mae is the nation's leading provider of multifamily financing. Fannie Mae will now grant a 10-basis-point reduction in the interest rate of the refinance, acquisition or supplemental loan of a multifamily property.
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