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Is the United States becoming more energy efficient?
The Energy Collective
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy have released a white paper titled "Energy Efficiency: Is the United States Improving?" in which they begin what they hope to be "an annual effort to examine and characterize the overall state of energy efficiency in the United States and determine whether it has improved, declined, or stayed the same since the previous year." Accordingly, the ACEEE has developed a list of 15 indicators they believe create a snapshot of energy efficiency across the U.S.
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LEED v4 passes ballot, will launch this fall
EDC Magazine
The U.S. Green Building Council announced that its membership has voted to adopt LEED v4, the next update to the world's premier green building rating system. The final overall vote was 86 percent in favor of adopting LEED v4. This includes 90 percent approval from the user category of the voting body, 77 percent approval from the general interest category and 89 percent approval from the producer category. The minimum overall percentage of votes needed for a passing vote was 66.7 percent.
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Integrated facility management crucial to businesses
By Archita Datta Majumdar
The last decade has seen increasing demands for managed services in all areas of business, including facility and property management. Every industry grows with new demands and innovative ideas, and the same has happened with the facility management industry. After companies got used to the idea of managed facilities and services, they quickly understood the value these services can bring to their businesses. Very soon there was a need for further convergence of services, which led to the concept of integrated facility management.
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Understanding air barriers
Facility Management Journal
Within the built environment, one of the leading causes of reduced energy performance, poor interior air quality and occupant discomfort can be attributed to breaches or defects in the air barrier system of the enclosure. An air barrier is an environmental separator within a building enclosure that is designed to resist uncontrolled air passage between interior and exterior spaces of a building. The effectiveness of the air barrier is governed by design, material selection and installation.
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Saving energy is great. But how much is actually possible?
The Washington Post
It's something we hear from policymakers again and again: The world squanders too much energy. And wringing out that waste should be one of the easiest ways for the United States and other countries to save money and curb pollution. But as it turns out, much of what we know about the topic of energy-efficiency is still fairly hazy.
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Services and maintenance: Extending carpet life
Today's Facility Manager
Ask a group of occupants about the carpet in their facility, and there will be fairly predictable answers. To many people, carpet is an aesthetic (or unaesthetic) element of the interior design. Others may comment about comfort, and a few may even bring up hygiene. But the reality is that carpet serves a range of critical and often hidden functions in a facility.
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    Obama outlines broad plan to curb climate change (Los Angeles Times)
Thinner and lighter solar cells (Environmental News Network)
After much delay, offshore wind power set to sail (POLITICO)
IEA: Renewable energy growth is rising around the world (The Associated Press via The Huffington Post)
Solar power rooftops in Los Angeles light up (EarthTechling)

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