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July was the hottest month on record
BUILDINGS
July was the warmest month ever recorded, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The average temperature across land and ocean surfaces reached 16.61 degrees F, which tops the previous high set in 1998 by 0.14 degrees. While July is usually the warmest month of the year, the researchers note that this is the highest temperature recorded since measurements began to be taken in 1880.
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Study reveals the best plants for green roofs
Sourceable
A new study in the U.S. has completed a five-year trial to evaluate the best plants for a promising green roof. The study, the largest of its kind in the U.S., was conducted by The Chicago Botanic Garden with results featured in Plant Evaluation Notes. The benefits of green roofs are widely documented, from cooling the buildings they sit atop (and the planet as whole) to helping with insulation, improving acoustics, increasing biodiversity and supporting rainwater runoff.
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Energy profile of commercial buildings changing
Energy Manager Today
The energy profile of commercial buildings is changing, according to participants in a round table conducted by Consulting-Specifying Engineer. Photovoltaics are becoming more common in warehouses and public schools, said to Paul Meyer, a senior vice president at WSP USA.
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World's 1st 3-D printed office to be built in Dubai
Museum of the Future via Facility Executive
The world's first fully functional 3-D printed office is being created in Dubai. "This building will be a testimony to the efficiency and creativity of 3-D printing technology, which we believe will play a major role in reshaping construction and design sectors," said H.E Excellency Mohammed Al Gergawi, UAE Minister Of Cabinet Affairs and The Chairman of UAE National Innovation Committee.
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of AFE Weekly Headlines, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of WERC, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this experience with your peers through well-written commentary. Make 2015 the year you get published as an expert in your field! Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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Power outages becoming more severe
BUILDINGS
While the total number of power outage events have stayed static for the past few years, new research shows that the time customers are left without power during outages has been increasing over time. The study, Assessing Changes in the Reliability of the U.S. Electric Power System, was created by scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and shows that severe weather events are the main driver behind the 5 to 10 percent increase in number of minutes customers are left without power.
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Cheaper, better LED technology
Florida State University via ScienceDaily
A Florida State University engineering professor has developed a new highly efficient and low cost light emitting diode that could help spur more widespread adoption of the technology. "It can potentially revolutionize lighting technology," said Assistant Professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Zhibin Yu.
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Evolution of VAV systems, and dedicated outdoor air systems as alternative HVAC strategy
Facilitiesnet.com
In today's commercial buildings, all-air variable air volume systems conserve energy, control humidity and can be installed at a reasonable first cost to meet a facility's HVAC needs. But a number of alternative HVAC strategies — dedicated outdoor air systems, displacement ventilation, underfloor air distribution and radiant heating/cooling — are thought to offer greater efficiencies and better performance.
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STO Excellence North America
STO Excellence North America is a unique, industry-led event that will focus on educating Shutdown, Turnaround and Outage personnel on best-practices – through dialogues and discussions on key concerns we've identified in the TAR community, such as resource and contractor management, optimizing workflow and budget, and maintaining performance standards in a low oil price environment. We have speakers and attendees coming in from all over the continent, from Venezuela to Canada to Houston. STO Excellence hopes to cover the 4 P's of shutdowns and turnarounds — People, Planning, Process and Performance — and offer new ideas and innovative solutions to problems within each category. Learn more.
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How cities can beat the heat
Nature
The greenhouses that sprawl across the coastline of southeastern Spain are so bright that they gleam in satellite photos. Since the 1970s, farmers have been expanding this patchwork of buildings in Almería province to grow produce such as tomatoes, peppers and watermelons for export. To keep the plants from overheating in the summer, they paint the roofs with white lime to reflect the sunlight. That does more than just cool the crops.
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    Money gushes into California firm's water-saving shower (AFP via Phys.org)
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Sensor mimics bats to detect dangerous structural cracks (University of Strathclyde via ScienceDaily)
UK heat pump industry warns 'technology may die' (Andrew Gaved)
Door hardware: Striking balance between safety and security (Facilitiesnet)

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