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DOE updates national energy reference standard for commercial buildings
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Following preliminary analysis that ASHRAE/IES's 2013 energy-efficiency standard contains energy savings over the 2010 standard — 8.5 percent source energy savings and 7.6 site energy savings — the U.S. Department of Energy has issued a ruling that establishes the 2013 standard as the commercial building reference standard for state building energy codes. According to ASHRAE, Standard 90.1 has been a benchmark for commercial building energy codes in the United States and a key basis for codes and standards around the world for more than 35 years.
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How much LEED do you need?
Dallas Business Journal
LEED certification is about much more than solar panels and low-flow toilets. LEED projects are graded on overall environmental sustainability, not just energy efficiency, said Jonathan Kraatz, executive director of the U.S. Green Building Council’s North Texas Chapter. That includes recycling policies, access to mass transit, walkability, the use of smart thermostats and energy management systems, water efficiency and use of natural light, just to name a few.
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Report: Energy-efficiency finance 'becoming established market segment'
Out-Law.com
"The Energy Efficiency Market Report 2014" said there is "huge potential for energy efficiency" in emerging economies outside the countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, with efficient vehicles and transport infrastructure among opportunities for investment. According to the report, energy efficiency finance is "becoming an established market segment, with innovative new products and standards helping to overcome risks and bringing stability and confidence to the market."
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Map: Here's where solar power will be huge
Business Insider
Rooftop solar power is a great way for individuals to save money and achieve energy independence. But for solar power to take off on a larger scale, it's going to take a lot more than a few panels on rooftops. We'll need solar farms — huge arrays of solar panels capable of capturing and distributing massive amounts of energy.
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It's not so complicated — Facebook and sustainability
Forbes
Over recent years, Greenpeace in particular has taken a strong lead in informing the public about the environmental impacts of the burgeoning data center industry. As we do more and more on mobile devices, and in the cloud, there is a corresponding increase in the need for massive data centers, those huge, gray, faceless buildings that always look mysterious from the outside, but purr from the buzz of millions of servers inside. All that hardware requires significant energy to keep it from overheating.
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LEED-certified buildings in Houston make more money and fill up faster
Houston Business Journal
The highest levels of LEED certification are quickly becoming the norm for new office buildings in the Houston area. And the next version of LEED will up the ante even more, in many cases favoring downtown and mixed-use projects. Building to LEED standards will cost you an additional 1 to 7 percent of your total construction budget depending on whom you talk to.
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Common misconceptions about green building
Inquirer
Green building is a buzz word because of some compelling reasons. Green buildings are easier to light, cool and maintain. They need less energy and therefore cause much less pollution. The concept of green architecture or green building is well known and generally accepted by many people as beneficial. However, there are many misconceptions about green building.
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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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