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US, China set new goals for CO2 emissions cuts
Engineering News-Record
President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinpeng have announced aggressive new goals for cutting or capping carbon dioxide emissions over the next 10 to 15 years. But a battle is looming with congressional Republicans over Obama's part of the plan — sharper U.S. CO2 reductions.
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Green building market study shows 250 percent growth in alternative rating systems
Today's Facility Manager
The Green Building Initiative notes the key findings of the biennial "Green Building Market Barometer" by Turner Construction. Turner's 2014 "Green Building Market Barometer" shows that interest in Green Globes and other alternative building rating systems is up 250 percent in two years since 2012.
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Top tips for integrating fire protection, HVAC systems
Consulting-Specifying Engineer
The fire and life safety systems within high-rise buildings, as defined by the 2012 International Building Code Section 403, serve to notify occupants of an emergency, suppress or control an active fire, evacuate or manage smoke in a fire area, and pressurize exit stairs for safe exit. The life safety systems often use HVAC fans and dampers to configure the required systems for a specific zone in alarm.
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For greener skyscrapers, basic building materials are being reinvented
NPR
In a head-spinning step, a handful of researchers from Cambridge, England, are experimenting with one of man's oldest building materials — the kind from trees — instead of steel as the primary structure for big buildings. And they're aiming really, really high.
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Report: LEED ratings used bad data
Environmental Leader
Flawed green building data was used to award LEED platinum, gold and silver ratings to buildings in India, according to a study by New Delhi-based research and advocacy organization, Centre for Science and Environment. According to Intelligent Building Today, the data released by the Indian Green Building Council on the large commercial buildings' energy consumption was incorrect and many of the buildings detailed in the report cannot even qualify for the one star label under the Bureau of Energy Efficiency's energy star labeling program.
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Have green building standards grown too cumbersome?
Sourecable
Thanks partly to LEED and Energy Star requirements, green building in the U.S. continues to grow. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, green building involves "the planning, design, construction, and operations of buildings with several central, foremost considerations: energy use, water use, indoor environmental quality, material section and the building's effects on its site."
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10 stress-relieving activities facilities management teams can do now
iOffice
It's the most wonderful time, and the most difficult time of the year. Statistics show that 40 percent of workers are already stressed out before the holidays arrive. In a poll of 600 full-time employees, Accenture's HR Services found that 66 percent of the respondents reported additional stress at work during the holidays. So what can facilities management do to alleviate some of the stress and help increase morale?
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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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