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Number of LEED buildings grow by 14 percent despite market crash
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Everyone is painfully aware of just how hard the real estate market was hit during the Great Recession. And while the green building industry held its own longer than most sectors, the economy took its pound of flesh in 2010. Despite precipitous declines in the rate of growth, the total amount of LEED-certified buildings grew by one billion square feet in 2010, up to eight billion, or a growth rate of 14 percent. More

Case Studies: Sound Masking

Moving your employees from enclosed offices to a primarily open-plan space? Pursuing LEED® credits for your facility and concerned about the impact that green choices will have on acoustics? See how two companies successfully solved their speech privacy and noise concerns by installing the LogiSon sound masking system.

Spanish highrise keeps its cool under a double skin
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This striking new tower in the town of Irun, Spain, features a double skin and series of rooftop gardens to set it apart from other mundane office buildings. It is built over an existing underground parking garage and rises above the complex to offer vast views of the surrounding countryside. The double skin design by Hoz Fontán Arquitectos keeps things cool, dampening the intense Mediterranean sun and scooping up prevailing breezes. More

Plan to visit the AFE booth at the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) in Washington, DC
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The Association of Energy Engineers is once again bringing the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) to Washington, from Dec. 8-9, 2010. Now in its 33rd year, WEEC is well-recognized as an important energy event of national scope for end users and energy professionals in all areas of the energy field. Plan to stop by AFE's booth and say hello while you are at WEEC. More

How do ductless mini splits work?    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail
Ductless split systems are a type of terminal in-room direct-expansion (DX) air conditioning system. In a ductless mini split system, typically a single outdoor condenser or compressor serves multiple indoor units (each containing a refrigerant coil and blower). Cooled (or heated) air is blown into each room or zone by fans in each evaporator unit. While these systems have been popular in Asia for a while, use of ductless split systems in the U.S. has been primarily limited to unoccupied spaces such as data rooms, elevator machine rooms, and electrical closets. This is due to the fact that without ductwork, introduction of outside air for ventilation is not possible with ductless mini split systems. More

Time lapse video: Chinese build 15-story building in 6 days
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left In this time-lapse video, workers in Changsha, China, assemble a 15-story building in six days. On top of that, it's an environmentally friendly building: it uses six times less building materials than the average high-rise, is five times more energy-efficient, and has an air-conditioning system that produces air that's 20 times cleaner. It's also safe: it passed level 9 earthquake resistance testing. Best of all, there wasn't a single workplace injury during construction. More

Philadelphia Eagles to take stadium off power grid
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The Philadelphia Eagles are taking their stadium off the power grid and converting Lincoln Financial Field to one that will allow the stadium to generate all its own electricity from renewable sources, team officials said. The NFL club plans to install solar panels, wind turbines and an alternative-fuels power plant the Eagles say will save them $60 million on electricity costs over 20 years. More

AFE announces New Certified Plant Maintenance Manager Review Program in Fayetteville, NC
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AFE has announced a new Certified Plant Maintenance Manager Review Program in Fayetteville, N.C. The in-person training course will take place at Fayetteville Technical Community College from January 17-19, 2011. Limited space is available, so reserve your seat now. More

Certified Plant Maintenance Manager review program scheduled in New York City area
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Earn your CPMM in this in-person training course from Dec. 6-8, 2010, in Plainview, Long Island, New York—easily accessible to all of the New York City Metropolitan area. Limited space available. More

Carbon dioxide-free energy can meet the world's energy needs in 2050, Danish report finds
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Taken as a whole, energy sources with low or no carbon emissions could easily cover the global energy supply in 2050, according to a new report from Denmark's Risø National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy. The challenge for a sustainable global energy system with low carbon emissions will be to use this potential in the energy system the best way possible seen from an economic point of view. More

Job posting of the week
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Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. is currently looking for a highly motivated Maintenance Supervisor to join our team at the Markham, Washington food processing facility. More

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