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March 11, 2011
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U.K. Energy Use Fell by 5 Percent in Eight Years
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The U.K. is one of the top performers in Europe on energy efficiency, according to a European Commission report. Energy use fell by more than 5 percent from 2000 to 2008 in the U.K.—the only major European economy to see a drop. Germany's consumption held level, while France's rose 7 percent. Overall, energy use in the 27 EU countries increased by more than 4 percent. More

Data Reveals Carbon Footprint of Public Sector Buildings
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How green is your primary school? It can be very hard to tell. The information exists but is rarely published. Until now, that is. The Center for Sustainable Energy has unearthed the energy efficiency details of more than 40,000 public buildings—including schools, hospitals and council offices—through a Freedom of Information Act request.  More

Report: Tall Timber Skyscrapers Workable
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A study funded by the British Columbian government to help promote the province's forestry sector will conclude that buildings as tall as 30 stories could be made almost entirely out of wood, says an award-winning Vancouver architect leading the research. More

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Why Personality Matters in the Workplace
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Building and cultivating relationships is an integral part of any career strategy. Whether you are a job seeker, manager or entrepreneur, you are in the relationship business. When it comes to building relationships, you must start with self knowledge—and that starts with personality. More

New Zealand January Building Consents Drop to Nine Year Low
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New Zealand's building consents dropped to the lowest level in nine years in January mainly due to a decline in residential construction, Statistics New Zealand said. The value of consents for all buildings declined 11 percent year-on-year to NZ$537 million, the lowest figure since February 2002. More
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Moving your employees from enclosed offices to a primarily open-plan space? Pursuing LEED® credits for your facility and concerned about the impact that green choices will have on acoustics? See how two companies successfully solved their speech privacy and noise concerns by installing the LogiSon sound masking system. MORE
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Europe Sets Higher Goal for Cutting Emissions
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The European Commission is aiming to minimize the effects of sharply rising fuel prices and to beat its current goal for reducing emissions, under measures proposed, in part by requiring member governments to upgrade the energy efficiency of public buildings. More

South African Solar Water Heater Market Growing
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The solar water heater market in South Africa has recorded phenomenal growth during the past four years, expanding from less than 20 suppliers in 1997 to more than 400 by the beginning of 2011—according to Frost & Sullivan, the global market intelligence and growth consulting company. More

Standard Chartered Bank Building New US$140 Million Office Building
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Gulf Resources Development and Investment LLC announced its launch of the new Standard Chartered Bank Building in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Standard Chartered will lease more than 60 percent of the office space within the 252,000-square-foot tower and will operate a 4,000-square-foot retail branch at the main lobby level, a company spokesman said. More

Israel's Skyscrapers are Dwarfs
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The global real estate industry is reaching for the sky, and new figures state that 2010 broke new records for skyscrapers. According to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, four skyscrapers over 400 meters high were completed in 2010, taking the first, fourth, seventh and ninth places as the world's tallest buildings. There are now 12 skyscrapers over 400 meters high in the world. More

The Hazards of Personal Use on Workplace Computers
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Employees often believe they own the content on their workplace computers and sometimes even the computers themselves. They are mistaken. Steve Rowe worked as a computer analyst in Sheridan College's information technology department for 12 years. He had one of the highest paying positions in the department, a clean disciplinary record and full access to the college's servers and computers. More


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