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Are we experiencing a slow recovery? Is it time to panic? The design and construction industry, still devastated from the real estate crash, could face another $2 billion in lost work

The EPA has awarded $30 million for clean diesel products.  The Diesel Emission Reduction Program, also known as DERA, is designed to replace, retrofit or repower older diesel-powered engines like marine vessels, locomotives, trucks and buses.


Sandia National Laboratories has published the second annual Wind Plant Reliability Benchmark.  The results detail the wind industry’s performance, vulnerabilities, and productivity.

Earth Rangers — the kids' conservation organization dedicated to educating millions of children across Canada about the importance of protecting biodiversity

A research report from the Professional Retail Store Maintenance Association (PRSM) shows that retail facilities managers navigated through a rapid succession of changes during 2012.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has presented the 12th annual Green Power Leadership Awards to 24 Green Power Partners and three suppliers for achievements in advancing the U.S. renewable electricity market.


Europe accounted for two thirds of the world-wide newly installed photovoltaic (PV) capacity in 2011, with 18.5 GW. Its overall PV capacity totaled 52 GW.


The project also focuses on accessibility and visitor comfort. A new heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system creates a more comfortable environment as visitors ascend or descend the stairs. 

To design these new features within the pedestal’s limited space, M+Sa used three-dimensional building information modeling (BIM) and laser scanning technology. 

Architects, engineers and contractors have long embraced BIM, but ultimately the BIM models they create will belong to the building owners. As such, it is imperative that they have organizational processes and technology-enabled tools to facilitate the transfer of information from design and construction to operations.

Does your education facility have a plan in place for a bioterrorism attack, outbreak, or pandemic?  St. Louis University researchers say that many U.S. school facilities are not prepared for these occurrences, despite recent incidents like the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic.

The unique facility looks, feels, and functions like an actual house, and has been built to U.S. Green Building Council LEED Platinum standards—the highest standard for sustainable structures
Researchers have developed a new kind of security system - woven fabric that triggers an alarm when penetrated by intruders. The smart fabric enables the exact location of the break-in to be identified, and is significantly cheaper than other burglary detection systems.

A UCLA-led study has found that companies that voluntarily adopt international "green" practices and standards have employees who are 16% more productive than the average.


The design of the fuel cell meant that the bacteria, which used the DDGS for growth, were physically separated from their oxygen supply. This meant that the bacteria were forced into sending electrons around a circuit leading to a supply of oxygen. By tapping into this electron flow, electricity could be generated from the waste.

Facility managers, it’s time to get plans together that will ensure that school hallways, classrooms, and restrooms stay pristine beyond the first day of classes.

What does this mean? It means they are covering 50% more work than one person should be - The equivalent of fitting an extra two and a half work days into the working week. To compare, the average British worker feels they currently have to perform the job of 1.3 people meaning they are covering 30% more work than one person should be.

This is the ideal time for facility managers and commercial property owners to assess the condition of their lawns, plants, trees and shrubs to ensure they can weather another dry season.   To make sure your facility doesn’t dry up, check out these tips.
Flexible aerogels, for instance, could be used in a new genre of thin-but-high-efficiency insulation for buildings, pipes, water heater tanks and other facility favorites. 
Strong growth in the U.S. wind energy market, increasing the U.S. share of clean energy and supporting tens of thousands of jobs.

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced seven new projects to accelerate the development and deployment of stronger and lighter materials for the next generation of cars and trucks. These projects include the development and validation of modeling tools to deliver higher performing carbon fiber composites and advanced steels, as well as research into new lightweight, high-strength alloys for energy-efficient vehicle and truck engines.

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