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Money gushes into California firm's water-saving shower
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A superefficient shower fixture that reduces water waste by 70 percent is gaining enthusiastic backing from some of Silicon Valley's biggest names, reaping in some $1.38 million in just two days. The startup, Nebia, based in the drought-ravaged state of California, promises to revolutionize the way people shower by radically reducing the amount of water they use.
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National Service Alliance offers survey ideas to harness power of high morale among custodial workers
When working with hundreds or even thousands of custodial workers, one of the best ways to improve worker productivity has little to do with cleaning equipment but everything to do with morale, according to Terry Sambrowski, executive director of the National Service Alliance, a group-purchasing organization for larger building service contractors and related businesses. "Improving and sustaining a high level of worker morale among cleaning workers improves productivity, reduces employee turnover, advances worker performance and ensures customer satisfaction," said Sambrowski.
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Safeguard your designs to avoid theft, lawsuit
Lloyd Princeton
Whether it's vetting a design concept or solving problems on site, design projects take teamwork and team thinking. Many individuals may contribute to the final design and implementation. At the end of the day, though, it should be clear to all involved who owns the project and the rights to all concepts, sketches, renderings, presentation boards, photographs, etc. That includes employees in the firm and outsourced providers. Otherwise, you could find yourself the victim of design theft or embroiled in a lawsuit.
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The research is clear: Long hours backfire for people and for companies
Harvard Business Review
Managers want employees to put in long days, respond to their emails at all hours and willingly donate their off-hours — nights, weekends, vacation — without complaining. The underlings in this equation have little control; overwork cascades from the top of the organizational pyramid to the bottom. At least, that's one narrative of overwork. In this version, we work long hours because our bosses tell us to.
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Door hardware: Striking balance between safety and security
Despite the widespread use of electronic card access control systems, many institutional and commercial facilities still use traditional locks and keys. It is still less expensive to equip a door with a standard lock than with any type of electronic access control device. For these reasons, most facilities equip only a small percentage of their doors with electronic access devices and install traditional locks on the majority of their other doors.
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Sensor mimics bats to detect dangerous structural cracks
University of Strathclyde via ScienceDaily
An ultrasound sensor for detecting dangerous cracks in structures such as aircraft engines, oil and gas pipelines and nuclear plants has been developed by researchers at the University of Strathclyde – with inspiration from the natural world. The device, known as a transducer, identifies structural defects with varying ultrasonic frequencies and overcomes the limits of other, similar devices, which are based on rigid structures and have narrow ranges. It is thought to be the first device of its kind in the world.
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UK heat pump industry warns 'technology may die'
Andrew Gaved
You may recall I wrote previously about the alarmed reaction of the U.K. HVAC industry to the new government's systematic "ungreening" of its flagship green building policies. I described how the new Conservative administration had halted funding of the Green Deal program of energy efficiency measures and rowed back from its zero-carbon building targets on the grounds of "saving taxpayers money." And I ended with the comment that many in the industry wondered whether the other flagship HVAC policy — the Renewable Heat Incentive — would face a similar shutdown.
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5 tips for maximizing energy efficiency during the summer break
Energy Manager Today
With summer in full swing, most schools across the nation have another month of silent halls before students come back. Despite empty or mostly empty facilities, many schools often continue to use more energy than needed during the quiet summer months. In fact, schools this summer are still using up to 85 percent of the energy utilized during the busy academic year. By taking advantage of slower summer break to optimize energy programs, schools can further reduce their energy costs through low-to-no cost operational changes and retrofits.
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    CDC: Most Legionnaire's disease deaths tied to plumbing systems (CBS News)
The lowly lightbulb outshines solar and wind on US power grids (Bloomberg)
Understanding new regulations for energy-efficient buildings (Archita Datta Majumdar)
How empowering employees creates a more engaged workforce (iOffice)
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