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A tale of 2 continents: US leading the way in cooling regulations
By Andrew Gaved
The events of recent weeks in the cooling industries of the U.S. and Europe have made for some interesting comparisons. I have written extensively about how the European Commission has not managed to bring Daimler to book for its flouting of the MAC Directive. Therefore, those of us in the European cooling sector have been looking somewhat jealously at the way U.S. authorities wield the big stick when someone transgresses on cooling matters — particularly regarding the recent settlement between the EPA and Costco.
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IEA: Clear plans needed to capitalize on solar energy
United Press International
Policymakers and investors alike need a clear road map to capitalize on the true potential of solar energy, the Paris-based International Energy Agency said. IEA published a report finding that solar energy resources could combine to become the world's largest source of electricity by 2050, while at the same time offsetting more carbon dioxide emissions than the United States currently puts out.
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Shining a light on energy efficiency: Sports facilities transition to LED lights
Sporting News
LED light bulbs have been the subjects of national hardware commercials for months, convincing homeowners to make the energy-saving switch. Now, sports facilities are starting to catch on. This season, the Arizona Cardinals and Houston Texans became the first two NFL teams to play in stadiums that made the conversion to LED sports lights. University of Phoenix Stadium, the Cardinals' home, will host the first Super Bowl played under LED lights in February.
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3 reasons to outsource your facilities management (and 3 reasons not to)
iOffice
Facilities management is a complex field whose aspects can be likened to building a house. There are a number of facets that are involved within the overarching ideas of both facilities management and homebuilding. Given that the elements are so diverse in both of these industries, it makes sense to bring onboard those people who specialize in the tasks that need to be completed.
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To LED or not to LED? That is the question
Pamela Tresp
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, commercial and institutional buildings, public street and highway lighting consumed about 274 billion kWh for lighting — roughly 21 percent of total commercial sector electricity consumption in 2012. The October issue of LD+A magazine cited that electricity for lighting consumes totals up to 461 billion kWh each year. With so much energy use at stake, as Dan Mellinger writes in LD+A, "LED recessed troffers represent the single largest potential energy savings opportunity." So what is the best way this should be handled?
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How to detect sensor glitches and improve building performance
GreenBiz.com
This article explores the various options of how to identify faulty sensors and manage their impact. Electrical surges, environmental extremities and simple aging are just a few of many reasons sensors fail. Ideally, all sensors in a building should be connected to the building management system.
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Zero-energy building revenue expected to exceed $1.4 trillion annually by 2035
Today's Facility Manager
Aiming to reduce energy costs and minimize the carbon footprint of their buildings, governments, corporations and builders are pursuing zero-energy building solutions. Also called net-zero energy buildings, ZEBs bring together existing energy-efficient technologies to form a high-performance building. According to a new report from Navigant Research, worldwide revenue from ZEBs is expected to grow from $629 million annually in 2014 to more than $1.4 trillion in 2035.
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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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