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Study finds missing factor in energy-efficient buildings is the people
Click Green
More than one-third of new commercial building space includes energy-saving features, but a new study has found that without training or an operator's manual many occupants are in the dark about how to use them. New research from Washington State University shows for the first time that occupants who had effective training in using the features of their high-performance buildings were more satisfied with their work environments.
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Dynamic glass controlled by your smart phone
Green Building Elements
View, a company headquartered in California’s Silicon Valley, has developed glass that can can change its tint in response to changes in an electrical control voltage. The technology promises to do away with the need for curtains and blinds and save up to 23 percent of the energy spent on lighting, heating and cooling during peak demand.
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Who will replace the energy industry's retiring workforce?
FierceEnergy
The energy industry has a big problem on its hands: Professionals born between the mid-1940s and mid-1960s are now close to retirement. And the bigger than big question is, who will step in to replace them?
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New national standard for building energy and water benchmarking professionals launched
The Energy Collective
The Center for Building Knowledge at New Jersey Institute of Technology, in collaboration with the Consortium for Building Energy Innovation, recently launched the Certificate of Proficiency in Benchmarking®, a national, online, interactive training and certificate program for building energy and water benchmarking professionals.
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Building retrofits a gold mine of efficiency gains
Sourceable
Reductions in energy consumption of more than a third can be achieved via retrofitting in three key areas – the adoption of more efficient systems and equipment, improvements to management and operations and encouraging tenants to engage in more sustainable behavior. Upgrades to systems and equipment is the chief area of focus for most energy audits, and what most people would usually associate with a building retrofit directed at improvements to efficiency.
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Energy efficiency may be the key to saving trillions
The New York Times
Compared with eye-catching renewable power technologies like wind turbines and solar panels, energy efficiency is nearly invisible. But advocates say doing more with less power may be an even more critical weapon in the fight against climate change and offers big economic benefits, too.
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EPA gets 1.6 million comments about its CO2 regulations, showing vast differences in opinion
Greentech Media
Employees at the U.S. EPA have a lot of reading to do. By the Dec. 1 deadline, the agency had received more than 1.6 million comments on its proposed standards to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants, per its authority under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. The "Clean Power Plan" introduced in June will set individual target emissions rates for each state toward an overall target to cut power sector emissions 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, with interim targets averaging 25 percent between 2020 and 2029.
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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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