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04/26/2012
The U.S. Department of Energy has announced a three-part plan to help implement the Clean Energy Education and Empowerment initiative or “C3E” – a Ministerial program aimed at attracting more women to clean energy careers and supporting their advancement into leadership positions.
04/25/2012

The American Lung Association released the State of the Air 2012 today, an annual report on air quality which lists both the cleanest and most polluted areas in the country. This year's report shows that although California still has some of the worst air in the nation, continuous progress in reducing ozone and particulate pollution has resulted in the state's air quality at its cleanest since the Lung Association's annual report began 13 years ago.

04/23/2012

Construction, being a mature industry in the U.S., has always been competitive but there is a new fundamental shift in all contractors’ market perspectives. Experts agree, this is a “new normal” with smaller volumes, tighter margins and even more cautious owners.

04/20/2012

If you are a building owner or facility manager, roofing costs have always been among your major concerns. In its January report, Reed Construction Data indicated that a faster-than-projected economic recovery will accelerate commercial construction activity and push materials prices even higher than general inflation. Combined with today’s soaring energy costs, it’s clear that managing commercial roofing costs is critical, especially for owners and facility managers with multiple buildings. Education and strategic budget planning are the best defense to managing a building.

04/19/2012

With financial constraints impacting facility operations and the ever growing amount of new cleaning solutions appearing on the market, facility managers are constantly facing decisions for streamlining efficiencies and making the most of their resources. 

04/18/2012

Researchers are currently developing a technology that uses nanotechnology, specifically nanocrystal-coated fibers, that can potentially harvest energy from hot pipes, engine components, factories, power plants, and even cars.

04/16/2012
Sight and sound are crucial elements in the success of distance learning classrooms. However, there is much more to consider than just the types of audio and video equipment to be used. Proper classroom acoustics, good speech intelligibility, clear sightlines, proper lighting, and seating arrangements all need to be considered when developing an effective distance learning classroom that will benefit students and instructors alike.
04/13/2012

Researchers at the Boston Medical Center (BMC)'s Injury Prevention Center (IPC) have found that one fall requiring first responder emergency medical services response occurs, on average, approximately every 56 hours at Boston Logan International Airport, with 37% of those incidents involving transport to a hospital.

04/12/2012
Recent approval in March of a measure, the San Francisco Tenant Bicycle Access in Existing Commercial Buildings Ordinance, is the most progressive stance on bicycle parking in commercial buildings in the country.
04/11/2012

The EPA has released the annual listing of U.S. metropolitan areas featuring the most Energy Star certified buildings for 2011.  By the end of 2011, the nearly 16,500 Energy Star certified buildings across America have helped save nearly $2.3 billion in annual utility bills and prevent greenhouse gas emissions equal to emissions from the annual energy use of more than 1.5 million homes.

04/10/2012

Facility managers and building owners often have queries about the efficacy and costs behind geothermal energy options.  In its efforts to educate about geothermal, or ground-source, heat pumps (GHPs), the Geothermal Exchange Organization (GEO) finds that in many cases its audiences know little about geothermal energy, and often confuse GHPs with resources that create hot springs and high-pressure steam that can fuel electric power plants.

04/04/2012

According to a new study by University of California, Berkeley the least expensive way for the Western U.S. to reduce greenhouse gas emissions enough to help prevent the worst consequences of global warming is to replace coal with renewable and other sources of energy that may include nuclear power.

04/02/2012

The Obama Administration has joined with the governors of Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York and Pennsylvania to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will streamline the efficient and responsible development of offshore wind resources in the Great Lakes.

03/30/2012

A Virginia Commonwealth University study posits that dogs in the workplace can reduce stress levels of the owner and make the job more satisfying for other employees as well.  Is stress creeping into your facility or building? The solution could be just a bark away.

03/29/2012

Warm weather is already here, and it’s time for facility managers and building owners to review their cleaning programs and planning for spring.  Daily cleaning tasks and deep cleaning initiatives go a long way toward preparing a facility for a new season of occupants and visitors.

03/27/2012
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced that the 12,000th commercial project has earned LEED certification. Since its launch in 2000, the LEED green building program has transformed the way built environments are designed, constructed, operated and maintained
03/26/2012

The National Frame Building Association (NFBA) has successfully tested a post-frame 3-hour fire wall system that can now be incorporated into a post-frame building without having to seek out expensive traditional non-wood framing systems.

03/22/2012

The White House has announced up to $35 million over three years to support research and development in advanced biofuels, bioenergy and high-value biobased products.

03/20/2012

With everything else on a facility manager’s plate each day, there’s no room to be surprised by data center issues.  How can a facility manager or building owner tackle data center problems before they happen?

03/19/2012

Ergonomic enhancements don’t have to mean refurbishing offices with top-of-the-line, executive-level chairs or overhauling the technology set-up. In fact, high-impact ergonomic tweaks often come at a low (or no) cost. Building owners and facility managers can work with companies to promote employee education – spreading awareness of ergonomic best practices and providing tips for optimal equipment use.

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