Industry News

Next time your HVAC unit needs repair be sure to look into what you’re paying for. A recent study revealed that insurance claims submitted for damaged HVAC units were overpaid by 65% in the first half of 2011.
Toxic chemicals have been found in several buildings in Boston.
The first 10 companies and three U.S. cities have joined the US government’s energy efficiency Better Buildings Challenge.

The U.S. Department of Energy is partnering with the Danish wind developer Vestas and investing in efforts to improve the next generation of wind turbines.

Green facades and roofs have become a popular option for modern buildings.
U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced today that six wind energy projects have been selected to receive nearly $7.5 million over two years.
As temperatures rise in the summer so will the level of bed bugs in commercial buildings.

Business Interiors by Staples, a B2B division of Staples, Inc., has compiled six cost-effective trends and tips to help educational facilities meet and exceed goals.


As the construction industry recovers from the Great Recession, and more builders resume operations, many will discover a changed world.


Survey results from Staples Advantage have been released regarding facility managers – more than 70% of today’s office workers recognize the role of facility managers in the workplace is changing and becoming increasingly strategic to the business.


University of Miami professor at the College of Engineering, Jizhou Song, has helped design a light-emitting diode (LED) light that uses an array of LEDs 100 times smaller than conventional LEDs.


U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced more than $30 million to train engineering students in manufacturing efficiency to usher in the next generation of industrial energy efficiency experts.


The highly anticipated ANSI ISO 50001, Energy management systems – requirements with guidance for use has been released.  These broadly applicable standards are estimated to be able to influence up to 60% of the world’s energy use.


U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that more than 5 million smart meters have been installed nationwide in the effort to modernize the Nation’s electric grid.


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U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced the availability of up to $70 million in new funding over three years for technology advancements in geothermal energy to accelerate development and reduce costs of this renewable energy resource.


The DOE has announced the availability of $27 million in funding towards new solar energy solutions designed to make solar energy cost-competitive within the decade.  As part of the SunShot Initiative, the funding will streamline permitting and installation, reducing the non-hardware costs of solar energy projects.


The Building Owners and Managers Association of San Francisco celebrated its role in shaping The City’s commercial landscape at a Gala Centennial recently at the Palace Hotel.  BOMA’s efforts have supported and reinforced a first-class downtown San Francisco.


The EPA has revealed new fuel economy labels that will provide comprehensive fuel efficiency information, scheduled to be featured on model year 2013 cars and trucks.


The 2011 hurricane season is upon us, and it’s time to ensure that your facility is prepared to weather the storm.

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