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States leading the way on energy efficiency
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A new report from the National Governors Association, "An Energy Efficiency Primer for Governors," highlights just how effective many of our country's governors have been in moving forward a clean energy agenda that benefits everyone.
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Study finds health, environmental risk in building insulation
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Researchers in the United States are calling for a change to the U.S. building codes, following a study showing that the mandatory flame retardants routinely added to foam insulation are not only harmful to human health and the environment, but also make no difference to the prevention of fire in buildings where a fire-safe thermal barrier already exists. Such a change would bring the codes in line with regulations in Sweden and Norway.
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FM issue: The calm before the storm
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Hurricane Sandy was "the worst natural disaster ever to hit New York City," according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The storm, which came ashore Oct. 29, 2012, and caused more than $68 billion worth of damage ($33 billion in New York City alone) laid bare the vulnerability of Northeast coastal metropolitan regions to the devastating impacts of extreme weather events.
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Boiler maintenance is mandatory but not expensive
By Sandy O'Lear
Any day could be the one that requires you to fire up the heating system. The panic will set in when you realize you haven't had a chance to properly prepare the system for its next call of duty. Proper maintenance of boilers and furnaces is mandatory for efficiency, cost savings, increased comfort and safety.
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Ductless cooling systems predicted to rise in popularity
BUILDINGS
Do you utilize a ductless or a ducted cooling system? If you said ducted and live in North America, historically you would have been in the majority. But new research shows that ducted systems will begin losing ground to their ductless counterparts.
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The closest look yet at the relative energy efficiency of big buildings
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New York City's largest buildings have as outsized a place in the city's energy use profile as they do in the skyline. Just 2 percent of New York's properties account for 48 percent of the city's energy use. What's a city to do? The Bloomberg administration is doing what it does best: crunching massive amounts of data. Recently, the mayor released the city's second annual benchmarking report, which analyzes the year-to-year energy and water use of New York's 26,680 largest buildings.
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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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Fight fire without water
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Concerned that sensitive equipment may be water damaged if your fire sprinklers are activated? Traditional sprinklers are great at preserving your building structure from a fire, but they're not designed to protect assets within your space. Whether you have a telecommunications closet, transformer room, flammable liquids, a computer lab, or data center, chances are your operations could take a serious hit if these valuables become wet.
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