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In June, during this year’s NeoCon, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) introduced Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Pilot Credit 43, which applies to all Building Design and Construction and Interiors Design and Construction LEED rating systems.


Restrooms are getting retrofits.  In today’s economic climate, existing buildings are often the target for new restroom technology and design, especially larger facilities such as shopping centers, offices, airports, and hotels.  What restroom developments should building owners and facility managers expect on the horizon?


The findings of a new U.S. Forest Service study indicate that wood should factor as a primary building material in green building, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today.


Are next generation sustainable biofuels on the way courtesy of cheap sugar?  Walking into the office of Iowa State University’s Robert C. Brown reveals a small vial of brown, sweet-smelling liquid.


A recent survey of commercial property owners and building managers reveals some mindblowing insights regarding tenant desires.  A massive 90% of commercial property owners and building managers place high-speed network connections above gyms, cafeterias, and other amentities as one of the highest ranking priorities for tenants.


The installed cost of solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems in the United States fell substantially in 2010 and into the first half of 2011, according to the latest edition of an annual PV cost tracking report released by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab).


Bedbugs have become a serious problem in hospitality facilities and buildings across the U.S., and facility managers and building owners should take the proper precautions when utilizing solutions to these difficult to deal with pests.  A disturbing debilitating trend is the use of harmful pesticides to combat these creatures.

When it comes to common workplace emergencies, being prepared can go a long way toward protecting yourself and your employees.  Is your facility prepared to handle a common disaster? 

Walmart has announced plans to install solar panels on up to 60 additional stores in California, expanding the company’s solar portfolio to 75% of state locations. This makes California the first state in the U.S. to receive this level of commitment from Walmart’s renewable energy practices.


Facility managers and building owners beware – unclean restrooms can send a negative message.  Bradley Corporation’s third annual Healthy Hand Washing Survey has come up with some significant statistics regarding restroom hand health practices and unclean restroom perceptions and consequences.

Former President Jimmy Carter said in a wide-ranging interview Sunday on Platts Energy Week  that the United States likely will not generate a large portion of its power from green energy any time soon, but the nation's abundant natural gas reserves could provide a new path toward achieving energy security.

It's International Housekeepers Week - an opportunity for facility managers, building operators and cleaning professionals around the globe to recognize the hard and sometimes unrecognized work of the people who clean our buildings.


zHome, the first zero-energy, carbon neutral multifamily community in the United States, is now open, demonstrating that cutting-edge environmental building technologies are not only possible – but also scalable – for mainstream housing production.


The Empire State Building has been awarded LEED Gold for Existing Buildings certification as further recognition from the $550 million Empire State ReBuilding program. The Empire State Building is the tallest and most well-known building in the U.S. to receive LEED certification.


There may be ways to capitalize on green, sustainable solutions at your facility, office, or building that require only a few simple changes.  While big changes can take time and approval to implement, these green office tips from MXenergy are easy to roll out and can have substantial benefits to both green initiatives and your bottom line.


The two worst air quality zones in the U.S. - California’s San Joaquin Valley and South Coast - are being targeted by the EPA for dramatic ozone air quality plans.  The EPA is proposing to approve the 8-hour ozone air quality plans in these locations. 


Aspiring facility managers and building owners take note – a green resume goes a long way.  Beginning your career in today’s economy can be a daunting challenge.  To get a leg up on the competition, especially in the facility management field, consider greening your resume to increase the chances of landing a job.

Scientists from the University of Picardie Jules Verne and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology are reporting development of a new genre of an electrolyte system for solar cells that breaks the double-digit barrier in the efficiency with which the devices convert sunlight into electricity.

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has finalized a $150 million loan guarantee to 1366 Technologies, Inc. for the development of a multicrystalline wafer manufacturing project that could drive down the costs of solar manufacturing, making solar a more viable energy option.


U.S. Department Energy Secretary Steven Chu and U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar have announced nearly $17 million in funding for research and development projects to advance hydropower technology.

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