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Nov. 18, 2008
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Going Beyong Net-Zero Enegry Buildings
from Globe & Mail
It may seem the stuff of a filmmaker's fantasy, but some architects believe buildings that require zero energy from public utilities - and might double as power plants in their own right - will become common over the next decade. "This is a realistic goal," says Birgit Siber, project architect at Diamond and Schmitt Architects Inc. in Toronto. "Mechanical engineers anticipate net-zero buildings within the next five years, and big-box buildings are the perfect candidates because of their large roof area and low energy requirements. So there's no reason why they can't start generating energy beyond their own needs.” It’s a goal that already has been embraced by a Toronto-based furniture retailer. More

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New Features at U.S. Airports
from USA Today
Many U.S. airports have been busy building and renovating to become LEED certified, and to provide brand new features for traveling passengers. More

Dec. 5 Wireman Webinar Focuses on Reliability Strategies
from AFE
The “Maintenance Strategy” series of special webinars with world-renowned educator/author Terry Wireman, CPMM, senior vice president of Vesta Partners, are getting great reviews from participants. “Highly informative” and “Very in-depth but easy to understand” are just a few of the testimonials we’ve received. If you haven’t attended one of these webinars yet, you have three more opportunities: December 5, when his topic is reliability strategies, January 9, when his topic is total productive maintenance, and February 6, when his topic is continuous improvement for maintenance and reliability. Each will be conducted noon to 2 p.m. ET. Cost is $99 each for AFE members, $150 each for non-members. Members also get a 20% discount and free shipping on Wireman’s “Maintenance Strategy” books, on which the webinars are based. For more information and to register, contact Carol Lawrence at or call (703) 234-4068.

Survey :Cost-Savvy Execs Expect Greener Buildings Without Big Price Tags
from Greener Buildings
Commercial real estate executives are increasingly seeking greener office space -- and are less inclined to pay premiums for it, according to a recent survey by CoreNet Global and Jones Lang LaSalle. More than 400 commercial real estate executives were surveyed in September and October in the study for commercial real estate services giant JLL and CoreNet, the leading international trade group for corporate real estate and workplace executives. Results were compared with those obtained a year earlier in a similar study. More


LEDs Breathe Life into Skyscraper
from Building Design & Construction
The sign's statistics are almost unimaginable: 16 miles of electrical cable; six miles of structural steel; half a million nuts and bolts. It stretches to a height of 340 ft, wraps around three sides of New York City's One Times Square building and takes up about as much space as 60 regular-sized billboards.And, oh, it uses 12 million light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Yes, LEDs - those miniscule lamps commonly used in big screen TVs and Christmas lights. But here, they're illuminating an electronic billboard that covers nearly 16,000 sq ft. More

Europe Unveils New Plan to Boost Energy Efficiency
from Energy Efficiency News
The European Commission (EC) has outlined a host of proposals to update its energy strategy, boosting energy efficiency and security in the region, while reducing emissions. The new measures are needed to reduce Europe’s reliance on energy imports, which currently make up over half of the region’s usage, help address rising prices and ensure that the region meets its 20-20-20 targets, said Commission President José Manuel Barroso. Europe’s 20-20-20 targets aim to achieve 20 percent improvement in energy efficiency, 20 percent renewable energy and 20 percent greenhouse gas emissions reductions by 2020. More

APIC Releases Results of C. diff Prevalence Study
from Infection Control Today
The life-threatening bacterium, Clostridium difficile, is sickening many more patients than previously estimated, according to a new study released by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). “The National Prevalence Study of Clostridium difficile in U.S. Healthcare Facilities” indicates that 13 out of every 1,000 inpatients were either infected or colonized with C. difficile. Based on this rate, it is estimated that there are at least 7,178 inpatients on any one given day in American healthcare institutions with an associated cost of $17.6 to $51.5 million. The rate is 6.5 to 20 times greater than previous incidence estimates, according to the survey, released at APIC’s conference, “Clostridium difficile: A Call to Action,” in Orlando, Fla. More

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