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Energy Department takes major steps to increase US energy productivity, manufacturing
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The Department of Energy recently announced expansions of its Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative in support of the American manufacturing sector and a new initiative to support President Barack Obama's goal of doubling energy productivity by 2030. By advancing the development of innovative manufacturing technologies, investing in substantial energy-efficiency upgrades at production plants across the country and training American workers for the advanced manufacturing jobs of tomorrow, the DOE's goal is to help make America's manufacturing sector even stronger in an intensely competitive global market.
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Solar implementation prices drop
BUILDINGS.com
The price of photovoltaic solar power for commercial applications is continuing to decline, says a report from the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The study, Tracking the Sun, finds that installed prices have dropped 12 to 15 percent by year depending on the type and scale of the system.
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Big data, partnerships will foster tomorrow's sustainable cities
GreenBiz.com
More than half the world population lives in cities, and global urbanization is expected to hit 60 percent by 2030. To put this into perspective, only 30 percent of the world population was urban in 1950. Yet we continue to live in the past, although times have changed. We face unprecedented environmental, social and economic challenges — modern problems that demand 21st-century solutions.
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Across all sectors, facilities are becoming more energy efficient
Today's Facility Manager
Throughout the United States, about $400 billion is spent on energy each year to operate commercial and industrial buildings. About 20 to 30 percent of this energy is wasted. By now most facility managers recognize that energy efficiency can reduce costs and help the bottom line, but they may still be searching for the most effective solutions. Despite the fact that there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to efficiency solutions, the need to innovate and collaborate is essential.
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New air conditioner standards to yield big savings
BUILDINGS.com
As part of President Barack Obama's plan to cut 3 billion metric tons of carbon emissions by 2030, the Department of Energy has proposed new energy-efficiency standards for commercial rooftop air conditioners, which cool about half of the total commercial floor space in the U.S. The new standards would require an energy use reduction around 30 percent for units sold starting in 2019.
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Blow your horn, toot your flute and watch your sales soar
Fred Berns
If you're not getting clients you want — and the income you need — it's not your competitors' fault. It's yours. If you're like many industry pros, you don't do a good enough job of telling others how good you are. You're your own best-kept secret. The most financially successful horticulture professionals today don't necessarily have the best credentials. They're not necessarily the ones with the most experience, affiliations or degrees.
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5-D BIM tools redefine construction: Simulation, project construction and improved project management
Archinect
5-D BIM is an evolving segment in the construction industry, comprehending the customary three-dimensions of a BIM with schedule as the fourth dimension and cost estimates as the fifth dimension. This 5-D BIM sketch-up helps contractors to envision the cost of the entire project, the timeline for the project, when these expenses are projected to be incurred and much more. All this happens while bearing in mind the quantities of materials resulting from the model and the productivity rate of construction staffs.
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Become a contributing writer
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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 AFE, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit. 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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