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How much can green infrastructure save you?
Choosing the right green infrastructure to combat stormwater runoff can be difficult, but a new EPA tool aims to make the process easier.
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A perfect match: Energy efficiency and facility management
By Archita Datta Majumdar
The first phase of facility management was integrating all components of managing a larger infrastructure and offering managed services so occupants can live or work in a smooth and comfortable environment. When the idea was ingrained in everyone's mind, hiring professionals to undertake facility management functions was not new concept anymore. With this acceptance came the need to improve services and offer better facilities and comfort to the end user. The next phase is therefore poised to make even more of a difference to our lives with energy-efficient services to make the entire facility management operation greener, as well as cheaper.
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Industry Pulse: Which aspect of energy efficiency is most important?

Last week's survey: How often do you check the steam traps in your facility?

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Keep buildings cool in full sunlight
A new cooling structure designed by a Stanford research team can cool structures even under direct sunlight, according to a profile of the device in Nano Letters. The device is highly reflective, keeping it from heating up and defeating the purpose of cooling. It also uses the same mechanism as the greenhouse effect to direct thermal radiation away from itself — specifically, it efficiently emits thermal radiation within a tightly defined wavelength range that can escape through the atmosphere.
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Summer heat melts productivity in industrial buildings
By Megan Browning
Sultry summer days might not be a big deal when there is a refreshing pool nearby, but unfortunately most workplaces don't provide this luxury. Industrial buildings aren't necessarily built for employee comfort, and the perils of summer heat can directly affect the productivity of workers — and the bottom line of businesses — if not properly addressed. Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards indicate temperatures of 100.4 degrees F and above are dangerous for workers, while air temperatures that exceed 95 degrees significantly increase the heat load on the body.
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Dodge HVAC pitfalls in LEED-EBOM
Looking at LEED certification for your existing building? Before you start evaluating what level you could achieve, make sure you're giving due consideration to the mandatory prerequisites. Assuming that your building meets them all can come back to haunt you later in the process. This is especially true for requirements like the Indoor Environmental Quality prerequisite.
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How climate change makes it harder to keep the lights on
The Washington Post
There are all sorts of ways that nature can wreak havoc on the U.S. energy system, making it difficult to keep the lights on. But as humans heat up the planet, these sorts of disruptions are likely to become even more common in the decades ahead.
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