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March 24, 2009
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Green Building Industry Should Focus on Long-term Benefits, Expert Says
from BusinessWeek
Proponents of green buildings have a long list of persuasive arguments they can use to convince clients and developers that green is the way to go: Build green, and your employees will be healthier, happier, and more productive! Build green, and you will use less water and energy, benefit your local environment, and promote global environmental responsibility! Build green, and you will save money over the long term! More


Recession Cools Solar Energy Growth
from Reuters
The U.S. solar energy industry expanded in 2008, but the recession has cut demand for some solar installations, according to a solar trade group. Solar capacity in the United States rose about 9 percent, or 1,265 megawatts, to 8,775 megawatts last year, the Solar Energy Industries Association said in a summary of an annual report. More

Qatar Sprouts a Towering Cactus Skyscraper
from Inhabitat
The Minister of Municipal Affairs & Agriculture (MMAA) in Qatar is getting a brand new office building that takes the form of a towering cactus. Designed by Bangkok-based Aesthetics Architects, the modern office and adjoining botanical dome take cues from cacti and the way that they successfully survive in hot, dry environments. More

Agencies Divide Alternative-Energy Oversight Offshore
from The Washington Post
The Interior Department and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will divide responsibility for regulating offshore alternative energy sources such as wind and wave power, ending an interagency turf battle. More

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A Magnificent Seven: Green Buildings Show How to Build Better
from Scientific American
Our homes and offices account for more than one third of all greenhouse gases emitted by human activity—the bulk of it for heating in winter and air-conditioning in summer, according to the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Taking simple steps such as caulking windows, installing thicker insulation and double-paned windows, and using energy-efficient appliances can cut the energy used in a given building by as much as 50 percent. In fact, such energy-saving measures in the U.S. alone could negate the need for 66 large coal-fired power plants, according to a study by McKinsey Global Institute, an economic think tank and global consultancy. More

Call for Speakers – Facilities America 2009, Oct. 29-Nov. 1, Greenville, SC
from AFE
AFE is now soliciting abstracts for presentations from knowledgeable professionals in industry, government, military, public education and academia for a comprehensive conference program on the latest facilities management topics at Facilities America 2009. Submissions should be in the form of individual presentations or panel discussions. Sessions are 1 ˝ hours in length. More

China: Developers Hope to Avoid 'Skyscraper Curse'
from China Daily
Hoping to avoid the "skyscraper curse," China's cities continue to reach for the sky. While most of the world's major construction projects have been put on hold, new skyscrapers are under construction in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and several smaller cities, defying the global economic slowdown. More

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Integrating Wind and Hydro Power in Quebec
from The New York Times
When Hydro-Quebec begins construction next summer on the 1550 MW La Romaine hydroelectric dam, the $2.8 billion-a-year utility will be simultaneously developing smart grid control and load forecasting technologies aimed at integrating hydropower with Quebec’s fast growing inventory of wind farms. More

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