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Energy Department issues green building certification system final rule
U.S. Department of Energy
Supporting the Obama administration's goal to reduce carbon emissions and protect the environment, the Energy Department is pursuing a suite of initiatives to strengthen federal energy management through increased focus on measurement of energy use in federal buildings and energy efficient building design. Principal among the efforts is the department's issuance of a final rule that requires verified energy and water performance for new and retrofitted federal buildings that are certified by private-sector green building certification systems.
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Eiffel Tower now greener than ever
CleanTechnica
It is difficult to think of this now, but when the Eiffel Tower was erected in 1889, many considered it to be an eye sore. The novelist Guy de Maupassant hated the tower so much that he went to its restaurant every day, because it would be the only place in Paris from where he could not see the Eiffel Tower. The structural marvel that it is, the iconic "Iron Lady of Paris" is now the most visited paid monument in the world.
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LEED-credentialed professionals in demand
The Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration NEWS
The U.S. Green Building Council announced the results of a study of job postings from across the U.S., which revealed the demand for the LEED Accredited Professional and LEED Green Associate credentials grew 46 percent over a 12-month period.
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OSHA seeks to update chemical exposure standards
BUILDINGS
With thousands of chemicals in use in U.S. workplaces and less than 500 subject to OSHA guidelines, the agency has published a Request for Information on how regulations on chemical management and permissible exposure limits could be updated. The public request notes that over 90 percent of current regulations haven't been changed since 1971, when the policies were adopted, and says most PELs are out of date.
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Green building questions: What makes fiberglass windows energy efficient?
TriplePundit
As more people, homeowners especially, push to go green at home, many are turning to eco-friendly products such as energy-efficient windows. As a result, fiberglass windows are gaining popularity due to their energy-efficient material. A variety of factors serve as the foundation for the material's uncanny ability to save home and business owners thousands on heating and cooling bills.
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Harvard design school launches center for sustainable buildings, cities
The Harvard Crimson
After a year of preparation, the Center for Sustainable Buildings and Cities, based at the Graduate School of Design, will hold an official launch event in November, Harvard announced. Although the center has been open since last November, its staff and affiliates will begin researching at the center and developing new design strategies to create more sustainable buildings and cities next month, said Richard B. Freeman, a professor of Economics and co-director of the center.
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Patchwork repairs increase HVAC costs
FacilitiesNet
One given in HVAC system maintenance is that the longer a system has been operating, the greater the number of patchwork repairs and modifications technicians have made to the system. Maintenance personnel have always been expected to do more with less, which has created a culture of quick fixes.
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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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