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03/25/2013
Incorporating wind power into existing power grids is challenging because fluctuating wind speed and direction means turbines generate power inconsistently.
03/20/2013
A comprehensive report recently released by the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) highlights that there are a large number of compelling benefits from green buildings received by different stakeholders throughout the life cycle of a building.
 

03/14/2013

Regulations keep coming, and facility managers and building owners can sometimes struggle to keep up. ACEEE has a new tool seeking to assist with some of the calculations that go into meeting regulation requirements.

03/13/2013
Energy use in commercial buildings accounts for 17 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at a cost of more than $100 billion per year. EPA continues to see an increase in buildings applying for and earning Energy Star certification each year. The cumulative number of Energy Star certified buildings has increased by more than 24% compared to last year, representing more than 3 billion square feet of floorspace nationwide. In 2012 alone, more than 8,200 buildings earned EPA’s Energy Star certification.
03/11/2013

Despite the flailing economy, apartments and their residents contributed $1.1 trillion to the national economy in 2011, supporting 25.4 million jobs, according to a new report by the National Multi Housing Council (NMHC) and the National Apartment Association (NAA). The report, along with an interactive map and economic impact calculator, is available at www.WeAreApartments.org.

03/10/2013

But a new study finds that it is technically and economically feasible to convert New York's all-purpose energy infrastructure to one powered by wind, water and sunlight (WWS). The plan, scheduled for publication in the journal Energy Policy, shows the way to a sustainable, inexpensive and reliable energy supply that creates local jobs and saves the state billions of dollars in pollution-related costs.

03/07/2013
This standard covers more than 20 product categories for conventional laundry and dry cleaning, including detergents, prewash products, spot removers, laundry additives, fabric care products, and more.
03/06/2013
Making energy codes work for your facility or building can be a challenge.
03/04/2013

The supply of hot water -- and the time in which it is delivered – makes an efficiently designed domestic hot water system paramount in a hospital. And that makes thermostatically controlled hot water flow control valves just what the doctors ordered. Unfortunately, these valves aren’t used as often as they should.

02/27/2013

Renewable energy. Wind turbines.  Sustainable solutions.  People often consider wind as an energy source with few limits, offering an unending power source with distinct capacity advantages over sources that deplete, such as fossil fuel.  Facilities and buildings are turning to wind as a sustainable solution, but has the power capacity of large-scale wind farms been completely blown out of proportion?

02/26/2013
U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles, Jr. sentenced Rodney R. Hailey, of Perry Hall, Md., today to nearly 12 years and six months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for selling $9 million in renewable fuel credits which he falsely claimed were produced by his company, Clean Green Fuel, LLC.
02/25/2013

According to a recent study from Cornell University’s Center for Hospitality Research (CHR), a hotel’s online reputation directly affects its occupancy levels and RevPAR (revenue per available room).

02/22/2013
LED lighting often manages to find its way into the facility management spotlight.  Scientists of KIT and the University of Toronto/Canada have now succeeded in manufacturing silicon-based light-emitting diodes (SiLEDs).
02/20/2013
The number of safety incidents at processing plants has increased as the nation's refineries have aged. During the first two weeks of 2013, a total of 27 process safety incidents, including fires, leaks and fugitive emissions were reported at U.S. refineries.
02/19/2013
In today’s financial environment developers and architects are discovering new ways to get projects off the ground.  Crowdfunding, the practice of investing in projects through the use of a crowd-supported web based fundraising campaign, may show significant promise for attracting investors.
02/15/2013

Fire investigators determined the fire started when pyrotechnics used during the band’s performance ignited polyurethane foam that lined parts of the nightclub’s walls and ceilings. After ignition, the fire spread quickly along the ceiling and throughout the building. Within seconds, conditions in the building became deadly and flames were observed breaking through the roof in less than five minutes after the fire started.

02/14/2013

Electric vehicles, charging stations, and EV accommodations are all on the facility management radar moving into 2013. Late last night, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, released a blog post that disputes New York Times writer John Broder’s review of the Tesla Model S electric car.

02/11/2013

Our nation is slowly but surely overcoming the economic slump of the Great Recession, which is good news for the construction industry. The financial crisis has impacted our industry, and for many, the last several years have been tough.  

02/08/2013

Outages rank high on the list of facility management nightmares. What if your facility is the Mercedes-Benz Superdome? What if the Super Bowl is being played?  Today the source of the outage has been identified.

02/07/2013
What are the top jobs in facility management?  Facilities management job titles can vary as widely as a facilities manager’s responsibilities (for that topic, see What Does a Facility Manager Manage?). Perhaps that’s why the salary of a career in facility management can range from $56,689 at the 10th percentile to $105,056 at the 90th percentile with a median of $80,780

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