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Obama re-election: A future for wind power?
The Christian Science Monitor    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With President Barack Obama re-elected, a push to extend the Production Tax Credit is likely but not guaranteed. The credit is crucial for wind power, but the "fiscal cliff," a skeptical House, and stiff competition from natural gas stand in the way. More

Green code under construction
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The U.S. Green Building Council expects to substantially revise LEED next year, forcing builders beginning in 2015 to take new and more-detailed steps to get buildings certified as environmentally friendly by the private nonprofit group. The revision, if approved by the council's 13,000 members in June, will change some of the easier strategies that builders have used to get new commercial projects LEED-certified. It also seeks to address concerns that certified buildings do not live up to their projections of reduced energy and water use. More

LED lighting and your next project
EDC Magazine    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
LED lighting can deliver maximum benefits of energy efficiency, cost and maintenance savings while providing high-quality illumination to most any lighting situation. LED-based fixtures consume up to 85 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs and do not contain harmful mercury. Moreover, LED lighting eliminates flickering and provides continuous light. As LED technology continues to increase in performance, these luminaires are becoming more popular for general illumination applications. More

Prevent Arc Flash

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Survey: Fewer companies plan to seek LEED
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Turner Construction Company has announced the results of a new Market Barometer survey that focused on environmentally sustainable building, and on sustainable practices in general. Key findings revealed that companies remain committed to constructing green buildings. While executives remained committed to incorporating sustainable building practices into their building programs, fewer said their companies were likely to seek LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council when constructing a green building. More

Is your facility ready for flu season?
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Is your facility ready to handle flu season? Think again: The U.S. Department of Health estimates that 5 to 20 percent of Americans will contract the flu each year, with more than 200,000 hospitalized for flu-related complications. To help combat flu-causing organisms, Cintas Corporation has announced five disinfection strategies for targeting germ hotspots. By identifying the main areas where viruses and bacteria thrive, the tips can assist facility managers with disinfection efforts, keeping building occupants safe and healthy throughout the flu season. More

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Embedded snow and melting systems: A radiant concept    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Snow. It's part of nature's beauty — covering the earth with a pristine, white blanket and providing a universal playground for those who enjoy the thrills of skiing, sledding, snowshoeing and the like. For commercial and institutional facilities, however, snow is a cumbersome winter guest. Building owners and facility managers are well aware of the importance of proper snow removal — from conforming to the Americans with Disabilities Act for safe and easy access to providing protection from slip-and-fall injuries (and lawsuits). More

Farmers grow profits with a new crop: solar panels
The State via The News & Observer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Just off a country road is a sight few people ever imagined in this corner of southeastern North Carolina. Solar panels cover a 35-acre field that once produced corn, tobacco and other crops. When the sun shines, the panels generate enough electricity for hundreds of homes. "I initially thought this was a pipe dream," said farmer Billy Dean Hunt, recalling discussions with a solar company about using his cornfield for a sun farm. "But I started talking to them. They convinced me they would honor what they said. So I did it." More


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