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EE Global Forum: Help consumers, businesses slay energy vampires
Ryan Clark
Working toward better energy efficiency isn't simply a daytime job. Sometimes energy can be expended even with the lights off. The evolving electronic grid, along with our changing electronic culture requires that advocates, consumers and business owners alike be aware of the surprising ways we are now able to waste. These energy vampire products leech your power supply, even at night when they're turned off.
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Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015 passes
BUILDINGS
With goals to boost commercial energy efficiency and cut carbon emissions, the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015 has been enacted after being passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama. The new law has three key focus areas, including the establishment of Tenant Star, a voluntary program administrated by the EPA and DOE to recognize energy-efficient commercial facilities.
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Taking care of your building's big 3: Metal, stone and wood
By Jeff Wilhoit
First impressions. We all know how important they are in business or when meeting someone new, but many times their importance is discounted when it comes to how tenants or customers view your building. One of the ways people build first impression is by the condition of your metal, stone and wood surfaces on the outside and inside of your building. Nowhere are these surfaces put in the spotlight more than your building entrance and lobby areas.
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How to get the most out of a metal roof
Building Design + Construction
When a building owner buys a metal roof, he expects a low-maintenance roof that can last many decades. However, "low-maintenance" is not the same thing as "no maintenance." A wise contractor will advise the owner about simple things to do (and not to do) to keep the roof performing up to it's full potential.
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Bounce back faster from disaster — build to code
Facility Executive
While natural disasters cannot be stopped, there are actions that can be taken to increase the chance of survival and recovery for their homes, businesses and communities. The adoption of current model building codes and standards developed by the International Code Council, a strong and efficient system of code application, and a professional workforce of dedicated Building Safety Professionals are keys to mitigating disasters in jurisdictions throughout the United States. Other measures such as creating disaster plans, reviewing evacuation routes, and taking shelter can protect lives and property.
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A green office is also an economical office
Business 2 Community
An office is as green as the people who work in it. If we strive to install devices and undertake measures that improve energy efficiency in our homes and allow us to save costs, all the more reason to bring this attitude to that place where we spend almost more time than in our own homes, a place we share with many people: our office. For this reason, companies' leaders are putting at employees' disposal a series of tools and policies that help save energy and resources, while respecting our battered environment.
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EIA: Size of commercial buildings continues to grow
Energy Manager Today
Increases in the size of commercial buildings have outpaced increases in the number of those buildings over the past decade, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey. CBECS estimates that there were 5.6 million commercial buildings in the United States in 2012, totaling 87 billion square feet of floor space.
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Are we falling short on good apartment design?
Sourecable
How do we quantify good design? Who defines what is good design and what is poor design? In the 1980s, Deister Rams, considered to be one of the world's greatest designers, created the 10 principles of good design as he was concerned that the world of design was starting to crumble.
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