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EE Global Forum: The challenges and rewards of energy-efficient buildings
By Ryan Clark
It's amazing how much waste there is in the building of buildings, Wade Smith said at the 2015 Energy Efficiency Global Forum in Washington, D.C. Smith, the director of global public affairs for the Air Movement and Control Association International, was one of several speakers who outlined different ways to seek efficiency in building systems. Speaking at an executive dialogue, Smith — along with a panel of industry experts — called the untapped opportunities for energy savings "low-hanging fruit" that has gone untouched.
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4 ways elevators will get totally insane in 2016
Fast Company
On May 29, the One World Trade Center Observatory in New York will open up to the public. To get passengers to the 94th floor as quickly as possible, 71 elevators designed by the German conglomerate ThyssenKrup will ascend 1 WTC at a rate of 2,000 feet per minute, or more than three floors per second. That will make 1 WTC's elevators the fastest in the Western hemisphere.
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What the world's largest companies are doing to limit climate change
Environmental Leader
Despite setting emissions reduction targets, most of the world's largest companies aren't doing enough to limit global temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius, according to analysis by CDP. The report, "Mind the Science," assesses emissions targets for 70 energy-intensive companies, which together account for 9 percent of global carbon emissions.
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Recycling electronics is getting more difficult as devices get smaller and smaller
Environmental News Network
The last several decades have brought a global explosion of electronics with a huge impact on quality of life and communications, as well as the world economy. But, like most big human-induced changes, there were unintended consequences, primarily in the form of the mountains of waste that resulted as products quickly became obsolete and tossed out only to be replaced by others with an equally short lifespan.
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ASHRAE standard provides method to determine heat gain of office equipment
FMLink
The growing use of plug loads in buildings as well as insufficient data on how much energy they generate present a challenge to engineers and facilities managers in determining how to best cool a building, according to global building technology society ASHRAE. ASHRAE has just published a new standard containing guidance to meet that challenge.
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Holistic classrooms shown to boost learning
BUILDINGS
While much has been made about the impact of design elements on building occupants, a new study shows that a holistic design can improve learning outcomes by as much as 16 percent. The researchers from the University of Salford studied over 150 classrooms and 3,766 pupils in the U.K. to determine the effects of various design decisions on student learning, which was measured by comparing beginning and ending teacher assessed grades in reading, writing, and mathematics.
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California's distributed energy challenge: Sharing the data
Greentech Media
California's goal of merging rooftop solar systems, smart inverters, behind-the-meter batteries, real-time energy management systems and other distributed energy resources with its utilities' grid plans faces a major challenge before it even gets underway — the data-sharing challenge. Over the past nine months, the state's big investor-owned utilities and its big distributed energy companies — SolarCity in particular — have been staking out positions on how much data they need to share with each other to overhaul utility planning on the grid edge, and how little has been shared so far.
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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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