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Survey: Top companies prioritize sustainability, use LEED
Civil + Structural Engineer
The world's top-performing companies are prioritizing sustainability as part of their corporate social responsibility efforts, and a majority of them are using LEED to achieve their goals, according to a new survey released by the U.S. Green Building Council. The study looked at Fortune 200 companies, most of them users of LEED and members of USGBC.
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Smart questions to help deliver effective roofing projects
FacilitiesNet
Many parties have a hand in the process of specifying and installing roofing systems on institutional and commercial facilities, including architects, engineers and contractors. In order for maintenance and engineering managers to deliver a successful project — whether it is a recover or replacement — they also need to take full advantage of the knowledge of roofing manufacturers.
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Total cost of ownership: The challenge of effective supply chain management
By Frank Wilhelm
Companies are always looking for creative ways to reduce costs and expand profit margins. In some cases, new and innovative approaches are employed. In others, proven but overlooked techniques are being resurrected and applied. The impact of total cost of ownership upon cost reduction and profit elevation among capital-intensive industries is quite significant, yet this approach has been largely missed. Many industries would benefit greatly from the adoption of this concept.
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Spending on smart building technology will surpass $17 billion by 2019
Business Insider
The market for smart building technologies is set for explosive growth, as building owners seek savings from decreased energy use and labor costs. Similar to connected homes, smart buildings consist of many Internet-connected devices that give building managers the ability to monitor and control different facets of their building. The devices include light bulbs, HVAC systems, locks and more.
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Looking to get published this year?
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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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Controlling vibration disturbances
R&D Magazine
Much equipment used in nanotech, physical and biological sciences can't function properly if subjected to vibrations that exceed small threshold values. As a result, lab designers are faced with the challenge of developing designs where vibration disturbances are within acceptable limits to further science. With the high costs and technical difficulties associated with the design of high-tech facilities and labs, potential disturbances must be discussed early in the design process.
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Do green building certifications make financial sense?
Environmental Leader
As Georgia moves closer to enacting a law that would effectively ban state-owned buildings from seeking LEED certification, Valerie Molinski, sustainability director at Vocon, a Cleveland architecture and interior design firm, makes the business case for green building certification in a Crain's Cleveland Business blog. Basically it boils down to cost.
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5 reasons to invest in a sustainable warehouse
TriplePundit
The incorporation of sustainable practices into warehouse and distribution center design has proven to be a winning strategy for business. Warehouse designs incorporating sustainability alleviate harmful effects on our environment while encouraging worker security and comfort level. Sustainable warehouses earn respect from customers and community members. Moreover, they lower a company's operating costs and ultimately improve a company's profit margins.
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