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LEED Certifications for federal buildings rise more than 50 percent
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The number of federal LEED-certified projects has skyrocketed about 51 percent this year, from 544 completed in 2011 to 821 in just the first eight months of 2012, the Federal Times reports. U.S. Green Building Council director for technical policy Lane Burt says the growth in LEED-certified federal buildings mirrors private-sector development, and told the Federal Times that both have learned to better incorporate green building design as a standard part of the construction process. More



US wind industry adding record number of turbines
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U.S. wind power developers are installing record-high numbers of turbines in 2012 but that growth could weaken if a production tax credit expires at the end of this year, an industry group said. The U.S. wind industry in August for the first time surpassed 50,000 megawatts of generation capacity — enough to power 13 million homes, the American Wind Energy Association said in a report. More

Report: 180 solar panel makers will disappear by 2015
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A huge bumper crop of solar panels already has caused a sharp decline in their prices and bankrupted many manufacturers worldwide over the past two years. Now a research report released Tuesday says another 180 solar panel makers will likely go out of business or be bought by 2015. Nearly half of them — or 88 companies — will shut down factories in countries that have become too expensive for producing solar panels, namely the United States, Europe and Canada, according to GTM Research. More

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AFE offers CPMM preparation and exam across the country
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Are you ready to take your career to the next level? Then now is the time to become AFE Certified! AFE announces the Certified Plant Maintenance Manager Review Course and Exam at three different locations this fall to make it convenient for everyone to earn one of the most widely recognized credentials in the facilities professions. The three-day review course and exam will be offered in: San Francisco on Nov. 7-9; Waltham, Mass., on Nov. 7-9; and Fort Lauderdale, Fla, on Nov. 9-11. Don't miss this opportunity to advance in your profession while learning the most up-to-date information about how to manage and operate today's complex buildings and facilities. Register today so you'll be sure there is still space available. More

Green Energy Business Seminar coming to Northern Virginia
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Relerience, a green energy consulting company, is providing a strategic Green Energy Business Seminar on Nov. 1 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. The goal of the seminar is to support business growth and job creation through Green Business Plans, and will help companies implement green energy solutions and energy management strategies, gain access to capital and comply with industry & government requirements. Keynote speaker Terry is the Chairman of GreenTech Automotive, a U.S.-based automotive manufacturer dedicated to developing and producing environmentally friendly, energy-efficient vehicles. Online options are available for interested parties who are unable to attend in-person. More

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California city OKs solar panels on facilities
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Six of 22 city buildings will receive their electricity from solar energy when a $1.59 million project authorized by the El Cerrito City Council is completed. The panels will go on the city's community, swim, public safety and recycling centers along with the corporation yard and fire station. The city will be able to store energy from the panels in the middle of the day when the collectors are most productive and sell the surplus to PG&E at peak prices. More

USGBC announces LEED Fellow Class of 2012
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The U.S. Green Building Council revealed the 2012 class of LEED Fellows. The LEED Fellow Program is the most prestigious designation for LEED Professionals, recognizing exceptional contributions to green building and significant professional achievement within the rapidly growing community of LEED Professionals. More



Everything old is new (and sustainable) again
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As energy costs continue to rise — about 3 percent annually — facility managers are seeking ways to lower their utility bills while reducing environmental impact. Retrofitting a building with high-efficiency systems can achieve both goals. And with federal, state, local and utility-based incentives, even the most outdated facilities can realize sizable savings through energy-efficient upgrades. More

Downtown Milwaukee businesses pledge to cut energy use
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The operators of several downtown Milwaukee buildings, including Wisconsin's tallest, are signing on to a national pledge to reduce their energy use. Those commitments could attract aid for the building owners from a stimulus-funded energy savings initiative directed by the city of Milwaukee - Milwaukee Energy Efficiency, or Me2. This summer, Milwaukee announced it was joining the Better Buildings Challenge, a national initiative in which building owners are pledging to cut energy use by 20 percent by 2020. More


 

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