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How to match advanced lighting controls to the needs of your building
Energy Manager Today
Advanced lighting control strategies have demonstrated the ability to curb electricity use in U.S. buildings by more than 30 percent, according to a report released by the General Services Administration. Buildings.com provides a number of things to consider when evaluating ALCs to find the one that will best meet the needs of your facility.
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Regulations and codes constantly evolve — Consultants offer strategies on how to keep up
Facilitiesnet
Complying with regulations and codes ranks among the highest priorities for maintenance and engineering managers in institutional and commercial facilities. In this roundtable, consultants discuss compliance challenges and the trends and developments they foresee.
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Mindset, skill set and tool set — which should your FM team focus on?
IOffice
Where do the most important investments of time, money and effort belong within your faculties management team? Is their mindset most important? How about their skills? Maybe it's the tools they use? Here's how you should explore the issue.
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Want to share your expertise?
MultiBriefs
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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Sensor to detect corrosion in concrete structures
BUILDINGS
A new sensor system has been developed that can nondestructively detect risk of corrosion in concrete building structures when symptoms initially appear, enabling repairs and interventions to be made before significant damage is sustained. The researchers from the Universitat Politecnica de Valencia also note that utilizing the device to make preemptive repairs can help to cut costs and increase facility safety.
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A fix for maximizing energy from solar panels on slanted roofs
MIT Technology Review
Most of the solar panels in the world sit on rooftops at a fixed angle, so they miss out on capturing energy during parts of every day. Now researchers have shown that by cutting solar cells into specific designs using kirigami, a variation of origami which entails cutting in addition to folding, they can allow the cells to track the sun's angle without having to tilt the whole panel.
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LED usage projected to grow nearly 20 percent
BUILDINGS
LED luminaires will continue to surge in popularity and usage, with the market expected to reach $216 billion by 2024. A recent study from Navigant Research shows that due to falling LED prices, the technology has become an economical choice for almost all applications, and the market will grow by an estimated 19 percent between 2015 and 2024.
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Study: Smoke-free workplaces and tax hikes reduce youth smoking
Merced Sun-Star
Smoke-free zones and greater taxes on cigarettes help reduce the prevalence of smoking in teens and young adults, according to a recently published study by the University of California, Merced and University of San Francisco. Based on national data of 11 years from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, researchers found that in an environment that is 100 percent smoke-free, the probability of taking up smoking is decreased by one-third.
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