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Innovations in improving indoor air quality
By Michael J. Berens
Poor indoor air quality now ranks as one of the world's most critical health issues. Efforts to improve indoor air quality have encountered some limitations as builders and engineers have had to balance them with other demands, such as improving building performance and reducing energy consumption. A number of industry organizations, research institutions and universities throughout the world are engaged in finding solutions that will satisfy both IAQ and energy requirements. Some recent developments show promise of helping to breaking the gridlock.
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Solar power is a huge water saver (World Water Day infographic)
Every year on this day since 1993, the community of nations has focused on the importance of fresh water and advocated for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. Severe droughts experienced recently in places like the American West, the Horn of Africa, Russia, China, and Australia have highlighted the fact that humans are rapidly using up the world's freshwater supplies — and when they're gone, they're gone. We are spending one of our most vital resources in greater volumes every day.
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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.

Wind can improve power grid reliability
Wind generation may be sporadic, but that doesn't prevent it from contributing to grid stability. A new study finds that wind power can assist the grid by controlling the active power output being placed onto the system. Active power control helps to balance loads with generation to avoid erroneous power flows, involuntary load shedding, machine damage, and the risk of potential blackouts.
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Renewable energy: Solar power and life safety
Today's Facility Manager
Safety is everybody's business. Anytime a poor design or installation of a solar power system creates an unsafe condition that results in property loss to an owner or injuries to a firefighter, it is a setback for everyone. While nobody wants to yell "fire" in a crowded solar power marketplace, the ongoing safe use of this technology is a critical foundation for a prospering solar power industry.
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Green building and fire safety hazards
Could green building practices pose unanticipated life-safety hazards? Researchers from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute are investigating the fire safety risks associated with green construction, thanks to a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The grant will support the three-year project aimed at identifying and reducing the potential for firefighter and occupant injuries and deaths that could be associated with hazards posed by green building elements.
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Understanding new regulations for energy-efficient buildings
By Archita Datta Majumdar
The focus toward more energy efficiency in all aspects of life is important, as is the debate about the best steps to get to that point. One of the key areas is buildings, where both construction and usage have to be carefully planned and monitored. Energy efficiency is a journey, and we cannot take our foot off the gas pedal, lest we drive into major power wastage. The latest energy efficiency legislation — The Energy Efficiency Improvement Act, H.R. 2126 — that has recently been approved by the U.S. House of Representatives is a significant step forward.
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FM issue: Withstand the weather
Today's Facility Manager
The roof is a commercial building’s first line of defense against natural hazards such as wind, rain, fire, hail, ice, snow, and extreme heat; it is also the most vulnerable part of a facility. Every day, roofs are exposed to weather and other elements that may contribute to decay and deterioration, increasing the risk of damage to the roof itself and the contents below it.
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