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Are we wildly underestimating solar and wind power?
The Washington Post    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Right now, renewable energy sources like solar and wind still provide just a small fraction of the world's electricity. But they're growing fast. Very fast. Three new pieces of evidence suggest that many policymakers may be drastically underestimating just how quickly wind and solar are expanding. More

California hits solar power milestone
The Energy Collective    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There's now 1.255 GW of solar power generated from more than 122,000 rooftops across California. The migration to solar by low- and middle-income homeowners is the main reason behind the popularity of solar power in the Golden State. The data is revealed in the California Public Utilities Commission's 2012 California Solar Initiative Annual Program Assessment. More

Energy modeling and today's architectural practice
ED+C Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For today's architect, sustainability has become a core professional value, as fundamental an indicator of project success as commodity, firmness and delight. Rising energy costs, new energy codes and a heightened awareness of the benefits of sustainability have created a demand for architects who are not only great designers and problem solvers but experts in sustainability as well. More

Upscale Recycling bins by T2

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Do LEED-certified buildings improve worker productivity and occupant health?    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Q: I have heard that LEED-certified offices improve worker happiness and productivity. How do they know this? Are there any studies or surveys that support this?
A: Many studies have shown that poor indoor air quality and comfort conditions can have negative effects on occupant health and happiness. For example, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reports that levels of indoor pollutants indoor can be up to 100 times greater than outdoor levels.

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NFPA 70E Electrical Testing Safety
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Hertz to install solar panels at Kennedy, Newark airports
New York Daily News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
An international car rental company is going green with plans to install solar panels at two of its locations at New York City area airports. The Hertz Corporation will start construction on the panels this fall at John F. Kennedy and Newark Liberty International Airports, a Hertz official said. The alternative energy systems are expected to generate more than 800,000 kilowatt hours of renewable energy annually when they are operational by early next year. More

Smithsonian Institution and its Facilities Director to be highlighted at Facilities America Education Forum
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What does it take to manage a space shuttle and a million insects? Nancy Bechtol, CFM, will be the keynote speaker for the Facilities America Education Forum to be held in Arlington, Va., Sept. 10-12. Her presentation on "World Class Facilities, the Smithsonian's Largest Treasure" will highlight the special challenges of managing facilities that house everything from the tiniest insects to the Star Spangled Banner to the space shuttle Discovery. In addition, conference attendees will have the unique opportunity for a behind-the-scenes facilities tour of the Smithsonian's magnificent Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum which houses Discovery and many more space and aviation exhibits. More

Lux Research: US, other rich nations set trend in green building
Environmental Leader    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Energy security and environmental and livability concerns drive government policy on green building technologies, but cost and affordability determine how quickly and to what extent governments adopt these technologies, according to a report by Lux Research. In the report, "Policy's Dramatic Impact on Green Buildings: The Global Hotspots," the research firm examined 21 countries that account for 80 percent of the world's GDP on a Lux Nations Ranking Chart, assessing how policy drivers in each country create an opportunity for specific green-building technologies. More


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SPEC Launching Process Engineering Forum
SPEC’s experience solving complex scale-up projects, regulatory compliance issues, and equipment specifications and installations provides a strong basis from which to host an engineering forum. MORE

Pakistan: Solar power generation can help check energy crisis
Power Engineering    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Giving long hours of electricity loadshedding and highest rates of electricity in the history of the country so far, people are feeling that the time has come to switch over to alternative energy solutions, especially solar energy. This was the crux of the talk between this scribe and a number of people, however, the only worry they had in switching over to the alternative power source was the cost of solar panels. More

AFE Certification goes high-tech
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The Association for Facilities Engineering has announced that its highly regarded Certified Plant Maintenance Manager Certification will be offered as an online course beginning Aug. 7. The CPMM Review Course will run every Tuesday and Friday for eight weeks. This series of real-time webinars allows you to prepare for the exam in the comfort of your own office. Participants must have access to a telephone and computer. To enroll or for more information, visit More

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