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Report: Cost of installed solar power is sinking like a stone
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Here's some good news if you're thinking of installing solar panels on your property. According to a new report from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the cost of installed solar power dropped significantly in 2011, going into 2012, compared to 2010 prices. The facts and figures are all in the latest edition of Berkeley Lab's annual photovoltaic price report, "Tracking the Sun," which also includes historical trends going back to 1998 for more than 150,000 solar installations in 27 states. More



Dodge report: Green building outlook strong for both nonresidential, residential sectors despite soft economy
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The U.S. green building market continues to accelerate, according to McGraw-Hill Construction's 2013 Dodge Construction Green Outlook report. The value of green building has seen growth from $10 billion in 2005 to $78 billion in 2011. In 2012, the total market — nonresidential and residential — is expected to be worth $85 billion, and by 2013, overall new green building is projected to rise to between $98 billion and $106 billion. By 2016, this number is expected to reach $204 billion to $248 billion. More

Sustainable, effective cleaning practices lead to cost savings
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Green and sustainable cleaning practices are among the key drivers in the commercial cleaning industry, and show no signs of slowing down. Customer demand and the accompanying surge in environmentally preferable products and services is affecting the way facility managers think and approach the cleaning and maintenance of their buildings. But does this focus on sustainability come at the expense of the bottom line? More

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What you need to know about the light bulb law
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Back in early 2007, Congress was working on the Energy Independence and Security Act to address the problem of inefficient light bulbs. When word got out that they planned to ban incandescents, forcing everyone to buy expensive compact fluorescent lights — those flickering bulbs that look like pig's tails — people were outraged. Many resorted to hoarding, buying up as many incandescent bulbs as possible before they were gone for good. There was one problem: The government never banned incandescents. More

Trends: Double vision for green power
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John Schinter writes, "There are increasing pressures — economic, environmental and social — to move toward a future powered by the efficient use of cleaner, alternative forms of energy. At AT&T, we see two equally important pathways to this future. One is to strive for the cleanest option possible — eliminating energy use we don't require — by reducing consumption through efficiency efforts. The other pathway is transitioning away from nonrenewable forms of energy where feasible. More



FM issue: Eyeing the result
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Joe Boiler arrives at a facility ready to correct a problem. If he has a drawing or documentation, it's more likely to be wrong than right: showing the wrong room, wrong equipment, wrongly installed, wrong access, modified twice, and not shown. No wonder he's standing there with the wrong equipment or tools. Even experienced mechanics often make their first (wasteful) trip to do only fact finding. In 2012, in a world with remote robotic surgery, pilot-less drone warfare, and digital precision, Joe Boiler can't find the right room in his facility. More

Artful sustainability
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When the Barnes Foundation and its board of trustees made the decision to relocate to Center City Philadelphia, they knew they wanted a building with a modern architectural design that emphasized the foundation's environmental mission. The foundation has a historic devotion to the promotion of art and horticultural preservation, education and sustainability. More


 

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