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Will new technologies give critical boost to solar power?
Yale Environment 360
Today, despite recent progress, solar power accounts for about 1 percent of the world's energy mix. Yet the International Energy Agency says that solar energy, most of it generated by decentralized "rooftop" photovoltaic systems, could well become the world's single biggest source of electricity by mid-century. So how do we get from here to there?
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Green building technology you'll never see but can experience now
TechCrunch
Picture an office that cleans up after itself, improves indoor air quality with nanotech-formulated paint and responds to sunlight by magically adjusting window tint, all while fighting climate change. Then imagine entering your workspace to find your desk light on and the temperature just as you like it. These innovations are already at work in some modern buildings, in the shape of the networked ecosystem of "intelligent" building equipment and devices.
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Tomorrow's buildings may be built by robots
Michael J. Berens
Imagine building an entire 30-story hotel from the ground up in just 15 days. Sounds like futuristic pie-in-the-sky? A private Chinese construction company, the Broad Group, did just that in 2012 using robotics to prefabricate entire floors, according to a new report from Robotic Business Review.
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Solar-powered Wi-Fi could keep Los Angeles online after a quake
Discovery News
Our dependence on the Internet and wireless communication makes a major earthquake in Los Angeles even scarier to contemplate. Scientists say a massive quake there is long overdue. If the earthquake severely damaged cellphone towers and severed fiber-optic cables and power lines that supply the electricity needed to run Internet servers, millions of residents suddenly might be unable to communicate via text messages or connect to online to navigate, and getting crucial information from authorities about the emergency would become difficult.
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Chipping away at HVAC energy costs
The Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration NEWS
Today's consumer is smarter and has higher expectations than ever before, according to Paul Bigham, owner of Bigham's One Hour Heating & Air in Santa Rosa, California. "In the last five years, the consumer has changed a lot," he said. "They’re much more educated these days and more demanding than ever." While Bigham is certainly focused on customer service to meet these demands, he's also aware that smart consumers are looking for smart products.
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Report reveals broken commitment to green building at the World Trade Center
Planetizen
James West reports that a 26-page document obtained from the Port Authority reveals an unreported snafu in the redevelopment of the World Trade Center: "Superstorm Sandy caused critical damage to the World Trade Center's $10.6 million clean-power sources ... a third of which went unrepaired and unreplaced, in part because of a costly flaw in the main tower's design, and pressure to honor a billion-dollar deal with Condé Nast, the global publishing powerhouse and high-profile anchor tenant."
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Learning from new, very low-energy buildings
Youris.com via Phys.org
A holistic approach is necessary to successfully plan and construct energy efficient buildings. But implementing best practices elsewhere is not a straightforward task. To tackle climate change, new buildings are required to consume as little energy as possible. That's because, in Europe, buildings are responsible for about 40 percent of our energy consumption.
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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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