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Code compliance for reroofing
Facility Executive
The International Energy Conservation Code, 2012 Edition (IECC 2012) introduced a number of building energy performance requirements that make compliance challenging for commercial reroofing projects in jurisdictions that have adopted the code. As of January 1, 2015, 14 states (California, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, Oregon, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Utah and Washington) and the District of Columbia have adopted energy codes based on IECC 2012.
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Fluid and sustainable savings from water efficiencies
Hospitality Net
An often hidden element in the hospitality sector's drive for energy efficiency is the role that water plays. While the commercial argument for better energy management continues to strengthen in hotel groups and independents with every passing week, the focus on water management is often slightly blurred, placed behind prime targets like lighting and smart controls for lighting and HVAC.
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HVAC trends: Cooling controls
Facility Executive
For reducing energy consumption of the HVAC systems in the typical building, can we say that it is a "no brainer" to apply variable speed drives on everything from pumps to fans? Traditionally, these have been two of the major targets for implementing Energy Conservation Measures within facilities. VSDs provide a means to operate a fan or pump much more energy efficiently. It is commonly stated that the only way to achieve additional energy savings over a VSD, is to turn the pump or fan off. But there is more facility professionals can do in this regard.
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Is it time to stop using cleaning chemicals?
Green Lodging News
If your hotel advertised that it is so green that it no longer uses cleaning chemicals at all to clean guestrooms, do you think potential guests would make reservations years in advance? Not care if cleaning chemicals, green or otherwise, are used or not? Not even consider making a reservation in your hotel property?
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Energy efficiency becoming increasingly mainstream worldwide
FierceEnergy
Today's building stock accounts for a substantial amount of global energy use. As a result, energy efficiency is being used as a broad-based strategy to solve energy-related spending on and reducing the carbon footprint of building stock. Energy efficiency has become a central part of corporate and government strategies to reduce carbon emissions and manage assets more strategically, according to Navigant Research, with the global market for energy-efficient buildings supported by region and countrywide legislation and initiatives.
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Changing roles: Maintenance and facility security
FacilitiesNet
A rash of high-profile active shootings around the country are shining the spotlight on the issue of security in institutional and commercial facilities. Because of those events and general security issues, pressure is rising for maintenance and engineering managers to help ensure that door hardware and related components perform effectively.
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New lower cost sensors and controls yield better energy efficiency
Oak Ridge National Laboratory via Phys.org
Regulating comfort in small commercial buildings could become more efficient and less expensive thanks to an innovative low-cost wireless sensor technology being developed by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Buildings are responsible for about 40 percent of the energy consumed in the United States. Studies indicate that advanced sensors and controls have the potential to reduce the energy consumption of buildings by 20-30 percent.
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Why improving your facility's hazard assessment is essential
Facility Dude
Safety is one of the chief responsibilities of every facility manager. FMs are responsible for the safety and well-being of everyone in the building, whether they're maintenance staff performing a repair job or simply a tenant using the space. The first step in ensuring safety in a facility is identifying potential dangerous situations. Much like building maintenance, risk management must be a proactive rather than a reactive process.
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Energy efficiency revenues set to double
GlobeSt.
It's a measure of energy efficiency's broad-based acceptance these days that numbers can now be put on the revenues these measures are expected to produce. Navigant Research projects that worldwide revenue from energy-efficient buildings is expected to grow from $307 billion in 2014 to nearly $623 billion in 2023.
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The sharing economy comes to facility management
Triple Pundit
We are in the midst of a transition to a circular, sharing economy in which we make more efficient use of everything we already have. We are now looking to share, lend/borrow and exchange anything and everything. The development to a sharing economy presents a huge chance for procurement and facility professionals.
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