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Green buildings market grows to $260 billion
Environmental Leader
Construction of green buildings rose to 325 million square meters of new floor space in 2013, representing a $260 billion market, according to a report by Lux Research. In addition, green buildings are delivering predictable internal rates of return of 5 percent or more. Lux analysts studied utility savings, rental rates, resale value and government incentives in green buildings and their impact on internal rate of returns.
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LEED retail participants on the rise
Environmental Leader
Between 2012 and 2013, green building investment jumped by $1 billion in the retail sector, and the percentage of retail owners involved in green building more than doubled, from 18 percent in 2011 to 38 percent in 2013, according to the "Leed in Motion: Retail" report by the USGBC.
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Renewables and energy efficiency responsible for 70 percent of carbon emission drop since 2007
CleanTechnica
Renewable energy development and implemented energy-efficiency measures are responsible for 70 percent of the the drop in U.S. carbon dioxide emissions seen since 2007 , according to a new report from Greenpeace. The findings stand in contrast to some of the arguments put out there by detractors of renewable energy — some of who have argued that the drop in carbon emissions was the result of the natural gas tracking boom.
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Is a net-zero energy building really the right target?
Treehugger
Treehugger design and green architecture contributor writes: "The phrase "net-zero" energy or "zero-carbon" has always troubled me. I have noted that I can make my tent net-zero energy if I have enough money for solar panels, but that's not necessarily a sustainable model. Others have been troubled by the concept as well; Passive House consultant Bronwyn Barry writes in the NYPH blog: 'I'm betting that our currently mythical 'Net Zero Energy Homes' – however one defines that empty integer – will be buried in a marketing graveyard somewhere."
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Benefits of integrating lighting and HVAC controls
Today's Facility Manager
Facility directors looking for ways to improve building performance, reduce energy consumption and shrink their structure's environmental footprint would do well to focus first on their lighting, cooling, space heating and ventilation systems. Depending on building type and other factors, these systems account for 60 to 70 percent of a typical building's total energy consumption, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
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Turner survey on green building
Construtech
Is green building better? With a big focus on green building in construction, Turner Construction Co. recently released its survey on green building and the impact on construction. In the 2014 Green Building Market Barometer, Turner Construction finds that companies still remain committed to constructing green buildings and value the financial benefits they provide building owners and occupants.
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Green building features reduce healthcare costs
BUILDINGS
With the increased focus on energy efficiency and sustainable design, one feature that has been often been touted but hard to define is the impact that such changes have on occupant health and well-being. However, a new report presented at Greenbuild shows that 47 percent of building owners report healthcare cost reductions of 1 to 5 percent after the implementation of green features.
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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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