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U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has traveled to Detroit, MI, this week to highlight the Obama Administration’s support for the American automobile industry and the role investing in innovation will play in keeping U.S. workers and companies competitive. 
A 2010 outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in Wisconsin has been linked to a decorative fountain in a hospital lobby, according to a study published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association has revealed its Top 10 Equipment Acquisition Trends for 2012.  What can facility managers and building owners expect from the industry this year?  Growth, uncertainty and end-user benefits come to the forefront as themes for 2012.  Is your strategic acquisition plan for 2012 in place?  These tips may help you formulate your plans.


The PVC Pipe Association is urging Congress to curtail the practice of writing blank checks to local governments and utilities, focusing on outdated, closed procurement policies that exclude corrosion-proof piping materials for water and wastewater infrastructure.


U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced an initiative to protect the country’s grid from cyber attacks. As part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to enhance the reliability and security of the grid, the Electric Sector Cybersecurity Risk Management Maturity Project will utilize industry and public sector experts to create a comprehensive security strategy.


Welcome to 2012 – Is your office landscape prepared to take on another year of sustainability upgrades and productivity initiatives?  Simple changes can impact your bottom line and create an aesthetically pleasing environment for employees, clients, and visitors.


As facility managers and building owners look ahead toward the New Year, BUILDINGS takes a look back on some of our best green offerings from 2011.  Explore future of LEED, sustainable solutions, green roofs and building codes, tips, guides, webinars and more from our 2011 green content.


As facility managers and building owners look ahead toward the New Year, BUILDINGS takes a look back to some of our best lighting content from 2011.  Explore the impact and future of LED, maintenance solutions, tips, guides, webinars and more from our 2011 lighting offerings.


As facility managers and building owners look ahead toward the New Year, BUILDINGS takes a look back to some of our best energy offerings of 2011.  Explore the potential of BIM, PPAs, demand response, and energy management tips, guides, and webinars from the BUILDINGS 2011 energy lineup.


A study published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C. at Aalto University reveals an ALD method for manufacturing fuel cells that requires 60% less of the costly catalyst than current methods.  This is the first time that this kind of reduction has been achieved using commercially available materials.


It’s that time again – Preparing your office for the New Year.   2012 promises to set the bar high with the focus continually shifting towards sustainable goals and more efficient technologies and practices.  Is your office ready to take on the New Year?


Much like a worn-in pair of jeans, people often have a comfort level with familiar, traditional spaces – perhaps none more so than the classroom. The smell of chalk, the sight of tab-armed desks and a professor’s lectern can jog memories of a favorite class, time spent passing notes or mastering a challenging subject. But what if the classroom could do more to outfit students for the working world by giving students a competitive advantage?


The EPA has listed three hydrocarbons as acceptable for small commercial refrigerators and freezers.  Under the Clean Air Act, the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program evaluates chemicals and technologies to substitute for ozone-depleting substances.


Merced Country contracted with Siemens group to deliver a 1.4 megawatt solar photovoltaic array to power the County’s correctional facilities.  The system is designed to provide approximately 70% of the facilities’ peak electricity consumption.


The USGBC’s Center for Green Schools has released the Best of Green Schools 2011 list.  These schools range from K-12 to higher education and have been chosen for excellence in 10 different categories.

Hospitals are constantly on the lookout for new options to keep their facilities free from life-threatening infections and bacteria
Environmental sustainability.  Green building.  LEED.  The facility management and building ownership landscape is filled with new ways to create energy efficient and environmentally sustainable buildings.

For San Diego building owners, it pays to be energy efficient - literally. Over the last two years, nearly 100 building projects have been awarded almost $10 million in incentives from San Diego Gas & Electric through Savings by Design, a utility-funded initiative that supports high-performance building design in new construction or renovations. What’s more, owners of these buildings have collectively earned an estimated $8.6 million in annual utility costs savings.

The EPA has proposed new changes to the Clean Air Act standards for boilers and incinerators.  The standards have public health protection at the focal point, with the goal of significantly reducing toxic air pollutants

While the overall U.S. national unemployment rate has fallen to 8.6%, there appears to be little gain in the area for the construction industry.  Building and construction workers continue to face an unemployment rate exceeding 13%, indicating that the slow recovery of the industry has a long way to go.

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