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New EIA inventory tracks energy efficiency programs by state
EDC Magazine
EIA has compiled a nationwide inventory providing detailed summaries of energy efficiency evaluation reports — commonly called evaluation, measurement, and verification reports — on electricity and natural gas programs. This is the first such inventory available for public use, organizing useful and timely information for energy demand analysis.
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Building units to measure up with sustainable standards
By Archita Datta Majumdar
The combination of cement and aggregate is a natural base for creating sustainable buildings. These combine to form cast concrete, which in turn makes a concrete masonry unit — the basic building block for construction. The ingredients for the units are naturally green and extremely flexible, which means they have the ability to adapt to changing building norms and still provide the most solid foundation possible. Today, the entire construction industry is looking at optimum solutions for sustainability that will lead to energy efficient and durable buildings that will be aesthetically pleasing at the same time. New concrete masonry units have been further honed to create superior quality construction that will create a strong and sustainable foundation for this generation and next.
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Report: Energy efficiency would add billions to economy
Australian Broadcast Corporation
An improvement in energy efficiency of just 1 percent would add $26 billion to Australia's economy by 2030, according to a new report. Research commissioned by the Climate Institute and U.S. energy giant General Electric says Australia's poor investment in energy efficiency is costing tens of billions of dollars in potential economic growth. But instead of following the lead of other developed nations, the study says Australia is failing to match efficiency improvements in other economies.
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To clean the air, Dutch scientists invent pavement that eats smog
Los Angeles Times
Scientists in the Netherlands have found that installing special air-purifying pavement on city streets can cut air pollution nearly in half. Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology, after taking measurements for a year, found that a street outfitted with smog-eating paving blocks, also called photocatalytic pavement, reduced nitrogen oxide air pollution by up to 45 percent in ideal weather conditions and 19 percent over the course of a day.
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5 best (and worst) states for solar energy
Care2 Causes
This year is only about half over, but already U.S. companies have installed 723 megawatts of solar energy across the country. This means that solar energy accounted for more than 48 percent of all new electric capacity installed in the U.S. last quarter, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. While the entire country benefits from increased solar energy capacity, the placement of these renewable energy facilities is anything but uniform.
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Tricks of the trade: Disaster planning
Today's Facility Manager
Q: What role, if any, does facilities management play in an organization's business continuity/disaster recovery program? And ideally, what do you believe FM's role should be? In other words, what can facility managers actually plan for? Are there limits on the scope of advance planning (physical, theoretical, self-imposed)?
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