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Voters support smart infrastructure, clean energy
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On the day that California launches its cap and trade program, a new poll of voters in California, Oregon and Washington shows strong support for maintaining and expanding efforts across the region to account for the costs of climate pollution and invest in clean energy sources by ensuring polluters pay when they contribute to climate change. The findings demonstrate that even in a tough economy, voters in the region prioritize efforts to hasten the transition toward cleaner energy and tackle climate change while growing the economy. More



Green building to surge amid new LEDs and smart windows
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As new LED light bulbs and smart windows debut, new surveys say the lure of lower utility bills is prompting a boom in green building despite a weak global economy. Half, or 51 percent, of companies say most of their construction projects (at least 60 percent) will be certified as green by 2015, up from 28 percent in 2012 and 13 percent in 2009, according to a study that finds saving money — not the planet — is their primary motive. More

LEED-certified buildings average ENERGY STAR score of 89
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A recent analysis performed by the U.S. Green Building Council shows that buildings in the sample are performing in the top 11th percentile in the U.S. in terms of energy usage and the average ENERGY STAR score for those LEED buildings is 89 out of 100 possible points. The analysis was based on LEED projects that have submitted data to USGBC both voluntarily and as required by LEED 2009. The majority of the 195 buildings that were analyzed certified under the existing building rating system. More

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The HVAC factor: Variable refrigerant flow
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Anyone who manages multiple facilities projects knows that the old adage, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," holds a great deal of sound advice. And, every facility manager faced with bringing a new construction project (or two) online looks first at incorporating the equipment and systems that have proven themselves in the past, as referenced in another old adage, "go with what you know (works well)." More

Governors call for renewing wind energy tax credit
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The fate of a tax credit that advocates say is needed to maintain tens of thousands of wind energy jobs will be decided during high-stakes, last-minute negotiations between President Barack Obama and House Republicans over fiscal issues, officials said. The wind energy production tax credit is due to expire at the end of the year. Its extension stalled in Congress this summer amid fierce opposition from some conservative House Republicans. The last chance to extend the measure is in the budget deal that will be cut between Obama and Republicans in the lame duck session of Congress. More

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Critical issues for green roof design
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In a design world interested in sustainable solutions and increasingly driven by government policy and rating systems such as LEED, green roofs offer value by providing storm-water retention, mitigation of urban heat island effect, and thermal and sound insulation. With their greater aesthetics, they can be one of the more inviting features that communicate environmental concerns. More

What does a facility manager manage?
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The question is paradoxical in nature, because although the answer is simple and finite in one regard — i.e., "the facility" — it is actually vast and seemingly endless. As budgets continue to tighten, and with increasing regulations dictating decisions, it is helpful to analyze the wide-reaching responsibilities of facilities management teams. More



 

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