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Green technology market to reach $60 billion
Green Building News
Energy-efficient technologies around the world earned $36.3 billion in 2013 and jumped to $41 billion in 2014, according to a new report from BCC Research in Wellesley. The September report, "Energy-Efficient Technologies for Commercial Building Construction," said the global market for energy-efficient technologies is expected to grow to more than $60 billion by 2019.
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Durability 'most important green building product attribute'
Environmental Leader
Durability is the most important characteristic associated with building products in general and green building products in particular, according to the findings of a blind survey of U.S. architects commissioned by PPG Industries. For green building products, architects mentioned environmental product declarations and independent product certifications as the most important product attributes, following product durability, representing an upward trend from the 2008 and 2012 surveys.
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9 ways sustainability drives profit
GreenBiz.com
Today most executives recognize that sustainability must be integrated into their organization's core strategy — not to say that they necessarily understand why. In fact, too many are still content wearing some kind of sustainability PR badge just because the "About Us" section of their website gives sustainability a one-paragraph mention. For their sake, here are nine reasons why we all may want to redefine how we approach sustainability.
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3 things analytics tell us about energy waste in schools
Greentech Media
With school in full swing, this seems like an appropriate time to offer some lessons in energy efficiency. Having conducted audits of hundreds of schools nationwide, the FirstFuel team has picked up on several energy-use trends that point to unnecessary consumption at educational institutions across the country. Here's Greentech Media's list of the top three energy problems spotted.
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EPA to restrict ozone-depleting refrigerants
BUILDINGS
In keeping with the goals set in President Barack Obama's Climate Action Plan, the EPA has issued a new rule that puts tight restrictions on the production of hydrochlorofluorocarbons that is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1. The new production levels are the lowest ever allowed, and the rule also proposes a complete phase-out of the materials within the next five years.
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Drinking water odors, chemicals above health standards caused by green building plumbing
Medical News Today
Several types of plastic pipes in eco-friendly green buildings in the United States have been found to leach chemicals into drinking water that can cause odors and sometimes exist at levels that may exceed health standards. Buildings are being plumbed with many types of plastic drinking water pipes. Plastic pipes are generally less expensive, lighter and easier to install than metal pipes.
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Is it time for anti-LEED?
ArchDaily
The LEED rating systems were a great idea in the beginning, but they have become a symbol of all that is wrong with green building today. Getting a LEED rating is slow, difficult and expensive, and the rating is skewed heavily to Gizmo Green solutions that are completely ignorant of where the building is being built, and for whom. We need the opposite sort of system today: one that is intelligent about where a building is built and who it's being built for, and that is fast, friendly and free so that anyone can use it.
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Become a contributing writer
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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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