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Energy department, NIBS release Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines
Today's Facility Manager
As a part of the Obama Administration's effort to support greater energy efficiency through the Better Buildings Initiative, the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Institute of Building Sciences have announced new Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines. The Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines, developed with feedback from industry experts, will help enhance and streamline commercial building workforce training and certification programs.
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Average building size grows in the US
BUILDINGS
New commercial facilities in the U.S. are significantly larger than their predecessors, according to the EIA's Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey. Not only are facilities becoming larger, with a 21 percent increase in floor space from 2003 to 2012, but the survey also shows a 14 percent increase in new facility construction compared to 2003. The survey estimates that in 2012, there were 5.6 million commercial buildings in the U.S. occupying 87 billion square feet of floor space, and also notes that facilities constructed in the 2000s are around 2,700 square feet larger than those built between 1960 and 1999.
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Report: Iowa has enough wind to power surrounding states
FierceEnergy
Iowa was the first state to introduce a Renewable Portfolio Standard — in 1999 — and now it looks like other states may benefit from their wind resources. A new study found that the potential of Iowa's wind energy can be produced so cheaply, the state can easily send their leftover wind to other states — helping many of them meet their own renewable standards. The study, "Iowa's Wind Potential for Addressing 111 Goals," conducted by energy consultant Tom Wind and Windustry's Dan Turner, is in line with the Department of Energy's 2015 update to the 2008 Wind Vision study, which found that Iowa could potentially add 21,000 megawatts of wind by 2030.
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Window automation can enhance IAQ
Sourceable
Growing awareness of the importance of indoor air quality to human comfort and health is prompting changes in the way that the ventilation needs of built environments are managed. Activities and processes within buildings themselves, such as washing, cooking and food consumption, can lead to negative impacts on indoor air quality by introducing pungent air particles or lifting humidity to levels that foster the growth of mold.
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Planned HVAC maintenance adds up to big savings for retailers
Energy Manager Today
Proactive HVAC equipment maintenance drives energy savings and provides a faster return on investment, according to an article in the May 2015 issue of Siemens' Spark: Insights on Energy Management for Retail. Proper maintenance of HVAC systems requires careful planning and forward thinking. Retail organizations that have implemented comprehensive planned and predictive maintenance programs show dramatic decreases — as much as 35-45 percent — in overall maintenance costs.
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The harsh truth about a homegrown IWMS that facility managers need to know
iOffice
You have skilled staff, and you're proud of your facilities. Your staff work diligently to ensure that your facilities and inventory are as well-managed as possible. Why aren't your systems working as smoothly as they could? The harsh truth is that your homegrown systems may not be up to the job. Choosing an integrated workplace management system (IWMS) that's designed for facilities management is your best choice when you're aiming for efficiency.
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Is the LEED Dynamic Plaque a paradigm shift?
Facilitiesnet.com
In 2015, USGBC is pushing the envelope toward connecting design intent with operational efficiency with the LEED Dynamic Plaque, a building performance monitoring and scoring platform. The plaque is poised to revolutionize the building industry by helping building owners and operators evaluate building performance in near real-time and enact strategic, resource-, and money-saving strategies for optimum results.
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6 critical tips to transform your organization's energy management
Energy Manager Today
It's mind-boggling to consider that until recently, energy management was one of the last remaining organizational line items tracked by spreadsheets, often treated as an afterthought. The opportunity costs and lost gains from this approach are huge. Consider these data points.
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