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To better help those in the commercial building industry, the Buildings Owners and Managers Association International has created a list of essential tips for earthquake preparedness that building owners can share with tenants and personnel.
Global investment in clean energy is down 14% from the previous quarter, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
New report offers strong recommendations to promote building reuse in Los Angeles.
San Francisco’s municipal building energy use is down 3.6% and carbon emissions are down 5.1% from 2011, according to San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s second annual Energy Benchmarking Report.
The publication of the ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2013, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, is bringing major changes to requirements regarding building envelope, lighting, mechanical, and energy cost sections.
While vacant office spaces continue to fill up at a slow pace, limited new construction could be the real driving force behind the decreased vacancy rate.

The majority of parking facility owners, operators, and managers believe the leading parking industry trend is the move towards innovative technology, according to a survey conducted by the Global Parking Association of Leaders Summit.

The U.S. Department of Energy has proposed new energy efficiency standards that would address a source of major energy loss that may be lurking in your basement, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is finalizing a rule that will allow the agency to restrict imports of potentially harmful perfluorinated chemicals that could be used in carpets.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized its first ENERGY STAR specification for data center storage products.
The recycling rate in the U.S. has increased by only 6% over the past decade, according to a new study conducted by researchers at Boston University and University of Alberta.
The process includes specific tasks that will verify that design, construction, verification, testing, documentation, and training meet the owner’s project requirements.
With a focus on improving the quality and consistency of commercial building workforce training and certification programs, the Energy Department announced a new project called Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines.
According to a recent report from Navigant Research, annual revenue from ductless cooling systems will grow from $3.9 billion in 2013 to more than $9 billion by 2020, representing nearly 30% of total energy efficient HVAC systems revenue in that year.
Do manufacturers really know what consumers want? According to a new global study released by UL, there are several critical gaps between manufacturer and consumer priorities.
The solution begins with understanding what motivates pests.
EPA estimates that approximately 51 billion gallons of water is used every year to rinse dishes by almost one million American food service establishments.
Which major U.S. city is doing the most to advance energy efficiency?
It’s Pollution Prevention (P2) Week!
In an effort to assist those affected by the Colorado floods and the Southern California wildfires, the International Code Council (ICC) has readied the Disaster Response Network.

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