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Fall HVAC maintenance checklist
BUILDINGS
Is your heating equipment ready to roll when cold weather settles in? Even if there was no trouble last year, the system likely needs a thorough once-over. These four tips from HVAC experts will help you plan this year's tune-up.
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Solar power begins to shine as environmental benefits pay off
The New York Times
Amid polemics over rising electricity prices in Europe and the level of green energy subsidies in various countries, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that the growth in clean-energy generation is a huge success story.
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New financing solutions for energy retrofits
BUILDINGS
In a survey of building owners and facility managers conducted in June 2013 for this report, 44 percent of respondents said that initial cost is the greatest obstacle to an energy retrofit. That percentage of respondents is more than four times larger than for any other hurdle to a retrofit.
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Stopping hydrogen embrittlement and preventing disaster
By Sasha Viasasha
Water vapor makes up between 1-5 percent of air on average, delivering a one-two-three punch of oxidation, hydrogen blistering and embrittlement. Hydrogen embrittlement has proven itself particularly dangerous. Catastrophic structural failures that result from it have been at the root of the majority of the nautical and aerospace disasters over the past few decades. The smallest of atoms is one of the biggest threats to our national infrastructure, attacking the structural integrity of buildings, bridges, ships and planes.
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Green building applications: The road ahead
By Don Rosato
Growth in green-building material demand will outpace the growth of building construction expenditures as green materials continue to account for an increasing share of building materials used. In the U.S., demand for green-building materials is projected to expand 13 percent annually through 2015, generating sales of more than $70 billion. Government codes/incentives will continue to emerge to support building efficiency programs. Legislation will progressively shift from energy neutral to energy-positive building requirements.
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A turning point for offshore wind energy?
Al Jazeera America
Cape Wind is probably the most famous wind farm in the United States, which is especially telling because it doesn't exist. Its planned 130 turbines in Massachusetts' Nantucket Sound have been controversial enough to receive national attention — both supporting and opposing the project — ever since developers announced it in 2001. After years of legal wrangling, community protests and regulatory hoop jumping, its future is still uncertain. Cape Wind's promoters refer to it as "America's first offshore wind farm," yet not a single turbine has been erected.
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Is facing west best for rooftop solar?
EarthTechling
It was a small sample — just 50 homes in all — in one city during one summer, so how far it can be extrapolated is hard to say. But new research out of Austin, Texas, suggests that west-facing solar panels can do better than south-facing systems at cutting peak summer demand.
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