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Facility management New Year's resolutions
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2013 is almost here. Are you ready with a handful of facility management resolutions? What changes will you make in 2013? Where's the value? KBM Facility Solutions has announced the top six New Year's resolutions for facility managers. More

Obama signs energy efficiency legislation
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President Barack Obama signed the American Energy Manufacturing Technical Corrections Act (H.R. 6582) after the bill received bipartisan support in Congress. The law is a modification of the Enabling Energy Savings Innovations Act (H.R. 4850) and includes elements of the Shaheen-Portman Senate bill. Energy efficiency enthusiasts hailed the move, but also cautioned that there is far more work to be done. More

Energy Department eyes offshore wind
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U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced seven offshore wind awards for projects in Maine, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Texas and Virginia. As part of the Energy Department's broader efforts to launch an offshore wind industry in the United States, these engineering, design and deployment projects will support innovative offshore installations in state and federal waters for commercial operation by 2017. More

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CHP: Combined heat and power in commercial buildings to double over next decade    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
According to Pike Research, CHP systems in commercial buildings will total almost 39 gigawatts in 2012, but will more than double to 79.5 GW in 2022. As a result, the market will grow from $2.2 billion to $11.2 billion over the next decade. Pike Research predicts that while Europe is currently the market leader for CHP, Asia Pacific will become a hot spot for the technology between now and 2022. More

4 parking security essentials
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How safe is your parking lot or garage? From personal theft and assault to vandalism and public intoxication, a parking area can supply perpetrators with easy targets and tempting assets. Despite a garage or lot's vulnerabilities, facility managers have an arsenal of security tools and design measures they can implement to create a safer parking environment. Focus on these four strategies to protect occupants, their valuables, and your property. More

HVAC project could cut power costs at community center
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High utility bills at the Ozark Community Center led the city's Parks and Recreation Department to examine how to cut costs. A major modification to the heating and cooling system at the OC could mean big savings in the future. The OC has 21 separate HVAC units with corresponding thermostats. The units can come on or shut off at any time, depending on how the thermostats are set. Director of Parks and Recreation Samantha Wagner told the Ozark Board of Aldermen that heavy use takes an extra toll on the utility bill. More

Margie Alt: Don't let wind power fall off the 'fiscal cliff'
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On Dec. 31, one prospect for a cleaner environment could sail right over the so-called fiscal cliff. That's because key incentives for continuing to develop clean, renewable wind power — the renewable energy Production Tax Credit and offshore wind Investment Tax Credit — are set to expire if Congress fails to act. With wind power on the line, there's a lot at stake for our environment and the future of our planet. Wind energy already powers nearly 13 million homes across the country, and the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that 20 percent of the nation's electricity could be supplied by wind power by 2030. More


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