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Professional development: The energy future
Today's Facility Manager
The global drive to improve energy efficiency, manage overhead costs, and reduce environmental impact has given facility managers in most organizations a seat at the table — or at least the ear of top management. Buildings are organizational assets, after all, and organizations need to achieve an acceptable return on their enormous investment in facilities.
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How smart building initiatives maximize benefits
Smart building technology initiatives that encourage collaboration will help facilities maximize the benefits of smart technology investments, a new study posits.
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Is LED a bright spot in the future of your business?
By Ed Malinowski
LED lights are making a name for themselves as a cost-saving, environmental alternative to neon and fluorescent lights in signage, parking-lot lights and other exterior and industrial lighting solutions. LED lighting offers many benefits that simply make sense for the way we live and work. So is it worth it to retrofit your signage and lighting? First, you'll want to weigh the cost and benefits.
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Industry Pulse: Does your facility use LED lighting?

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Smart sensor options for HVAC
Roughly one-third of all commercial HVAC units are too big for the spaces they serve, says Jeff Riordan, director of business development for Irisys, a developer of thermal imaging and people-counting technology. This often results in excessive energy costs that seriously affect a building's bottom line financial performance.
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A new kind of power plant gets energy from the wind and the water
Our supplies of solar, water and wind energy are more than humanity would ever use should we harvest it all. Yet renewables share at least one glaring problem: consistency. Despite the vast flows of sunlight, wind and water across the Earth, their irregularity (or intermittency) make them difficult to tap as baseload power that utilities must supply around the clock. This has helped keep coal and gas-fired turbines humming as the choice for baseload power, and fueled the argument that renewables will not truly supplant fossil fuels for all our energy needs (although several studies suggest it's possible by 2050).
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Services and maintenance: Minimal overhead
Today's Facility Manager
Regardless of whether the facility project at hand is an addition or the renovation of an existing space, selecting an appropriate ceiling system requires evaluation of a variety of factors. When selecting a ceiling, facility managers should begin with the considerations most important to the required performance in their buildings.
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    Innovative solar cell structure stores, supplies energy simultaneously (R&D Magazine)
Servicing PV-equipped HVAC systems (Contracting Business)
US to lease federal waters for commercial offshore wind energy (The New York Times)
In Japan, new policy spurs solar power boom (The Washington Post)

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