Industry News




01/09/2012

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association has revealed its Top 10 Equipment Acquisition Trends for 2012.  What can facility managers and building owners expect from the industry this year?  Growth, uncertainty and end-user benefits come to the forefront as themes for 2012.  Is your strategic acquisition plan for 2012 in place?  These tips may help you formulate your plans.

01/06/2012

The PVC Pipe Association is urging Congress to curtail the practice of writing blank checks to local governments and utilities, focusing on outdated, closed procurement policies that exclude corrosion-proof piping materials for water and wastewater infrastructure.

01/05/2012

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced an initiative to protect the country’s grid from cyber attacks. As part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to enhance the reliability and security of the grid, the Electric Sector Cybersecurity Risk Management Maturity Project will utilize industry and public sector experts to create a comprehensive security strategy.

01/03/2012

Welcome to 2012 – Is your office landscape prepared to take on another year of sustainability upgrades and productivity initiatives?  Simple changes can impact your bottom line and create an aesthetically pleasing environment for employees, clients, and visitors.

12/22/2011

As facility managers and building owners look ahead toward the New Year, BUILDINGS takes a look back on some of our best green offerings from 2011.  Explore future of LEED, sustainable solutions, green roofs and building codes, tips, guides, webinars and more from our 2011 green content.

12/21/2011

As facility managers and building owners look ahead toward the New Year, BUILDINGS takes a look back to some of our best lighting content from 2011.  Explore the impact and future of LED, maintenance solutions, tips, guides, webinars and more from our 2011 lighting offerings.

12/21/2011

As facility managers and building owners look ahead toward the New Year, BUILDINGS takes a look back to some of our best energy offerings of 2011.  Explore the potential of BIM, PPAs, demand response, and energy management tips, guides, and webinars from the BUILDINGS 2011 energy lineup.

12/20/2011

A study published in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C. at Aalto University reveals an ALD method for manufacturing fuel cells that requires 60% less of the costly catalyst than current methods.  This is the first time that this kind of reduction has been achieved using commercially available materials.

12/19/2011

It’s that time again – Preparing your office for the New Year.   2012 promises to set the bar high with the focus continually shifting towards sustainable goals and more efficient technologies and practices.  Is your office ready to take on the New Year?

12/15/2011

Much like a worn-in pair of jeans, people often have a comfort level with familiar, traditional spaces – perhaps none more so than the classroom. The smell of chalk, the sight of tab-armed desks and a professor’s lectern can jog memories of a favorite class, time spent passing notes or mastering a challenging subject. But what if the classroom could do more to outfit students for the working world by giving students a competitive advantage?

12/14/2011

The EPA has listed three hydrocarbons as acceptable for small commercial refrigerators and freezers.  Under the Clean Air Act, the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) program evaluates chemicals and technologies to substitute for ozone-depleting substances.

12/13/2011

Merced Country contracted with Siemens group to deliver a 1.4 megawatt solar photovoltaic array to power the County’s correctional facilities.  The system is designed to provide approximately 70% of the facilities’ peak electricity consumption.

12/12/2011

The USGBC’s Center for Green Schools has released the Best of Green Schools 2011 list.  These schools range from K-12 to higher education and have been chosen for excellence in 10 different categories.

12/09/2011
Hospitals are constantly on the lookout for new options to keep their facilities free from life-threatening infections and bacteria
12/08/2011
Environmental sustainability.  Green building.  LEED.  The facility management and building ownership landscape is filled with new ways to create energy efficient and environmentally sustainable buildings.
12/07/2011

For San Diego building owners, it pays to be energy efficient - literally. Over the last two years, nearly 100 building projects have been awarded almost $10 million in incentives from San Diego Gas & Electric through Savings by Design, a utility-funded initiative that supports high-performance building design in new construction or renovations. What’s more, owners of these buildings have collectively earned an estimated $8.6 million in annual utility costs savings.

12/05/2011
The EPA has proposed new changes to the Clean Air Act standards for boilers and incinerators.  The standards have public health protection at the focal point, with the goal of significantly reducing toxic air pollutants
12/02/2011

While the overall U.S. national unemployment rate has fallen to 8.6%, there appears to be little gain in the area for the construction industry.  Building and construction workers continue to face an unemployment rate exceeding 13%, indicating that the slow recovery of the industry has a long way to go.

12/01/2011

As part of the SunShot Initiative, Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced $12 million in funding for the awardees of the Rooftop Solar Challenge.  The Challenge consists of 22 region teams seeking to enhance solar power development by cutting through the red tape involved with streamlining and standardizing permitting, zoning, connection processes, and metering, as well as improving finance options commercial and residential rooftop solar systems.

11/30/2011

Lafarge North America, Inc., a supplier of construction materials in the United States and Canada, has agreed to resolve alleged Clean Water Act Violations to the tune of a $740,000 penalty.  Alleged violations include unpermitted discharge of stormwater at 21 stone, gravel, sand, asphalt and ready-mix concrete facilities in Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, and New York.

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