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Coworking: Collaboration in the modern global workplace
Facility Management Journal
Coworking involves the shared use of a working environment by people who lack a traditional office setting, which can help foster a sense of community among independent or entrepreneurial professionals. As areas of collaboration increase in popularity, facility managers need to accommodate this trend to conform to employees' habits and needs.
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U.S. Department of Energy invests to save small buildings money by saving energy
R & D Magazine
Building on President Barack Obama's Climate Action Plan, which calls for steady, responsible steps to reduce carbon pollution and reduce energy bills for U.S. businesses, the U.S. Department of Energy announced an award of $10 million for six projects to help small commercial buildings save money by saving energy. These small commercial buildings are less than 50,000 square feet in size and include schools, churches, strip malls, restaurants and grocery stores.
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Self-sustaining buildings on the rise
The Dominion Post
Organic buildings that pulse, breathe and react are becoming a viable reality as engineers, scientists and architects look to the Holy Grail of eco-friendly design. It's called "triple net zero," which means buildings and homes are self-contained, producing almost zero energy, zero emissions and zero waste.
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New national program aims to enhance energy efficiency of Australian apartment buildings
C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group via National Geographic
An innovative new program, Smart Blocks, was launched in two Australian C40 cities, Melbourne and Sydney. Smart Blocks is a national program designed to help apartment owners and their managers save money by improving energy efficiency in apartment buildings. The opportunity for savings is significant, with energy audits showing that on average owners corporations — bodies which collectively manage the common property of a residential, commercial, retail, industrial or mixed-use property development — can reduce their power bills by up to 30 percent.
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Passion key to getting ahead at work
Fox Business
When it comes to getting ahead at work, it might not be all about your job performance. According to new research from Brigham Young University, your belief in the mission of your company could help advance your career. "Individual employees who were more strongly aligned with the mission ended up being strong power players in terms of influence over other people," says John Bingham, professor of organizational leadership and strategy at Brigham Young University.
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New laws and leadership cultivate green building in US Southwest
The Energy Collective
There's something happening in those dry Southwestern mountains. It seems to be billowing outward from the ponderosa pines, carried by the roadrunner into the fields of Indian paintbrush and down into the mighty Colorado River. Thanks to the prolific outreach efforts of U.S. Green Building Council's green building community, the benefits of healthy, efficient and low-impact buildings are on builder's minds, and lawmakers are taking action.
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India, Switzerland collaborate on energy-efficient buildings
The Economic Times
To promote sustainable architecture, India is collaborating with Switzerland to utilize Swiss expertise for designing energy-efficient buildings in the country. In this regard, Indian and Swiss governments have entered into a five-year memorandum of understanding.
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Report: How 12 states are succeeding in solar energy installation
ThinkProgress
A dozen U.S. states are leading the way on solar energy policy. What can the other 38 learn from them to reap the benefits? Solar power in America is growing quickly, generating nearly half of all new electric generating capacity in the beginning of 2013. The technological efficiency is improving by the day. It has also gotten cheaper, with the price dropping 27 percent last year.
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Forget solar panels, here come building-integrated photovoltaics
Grist
Solar panels are becoming passé. Why put solar panels on top of building construction materials when you could just tap the power of the sun directly through the construction materials themselves? Bloomberg has reported on the rapid growth in building-integrated photovoltaics.

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Strategic planning and strategic thinking
Facility Management Journal
Understanding the components of strategic facilities planning, strategic thinking and what strategic questions you might ask about your organization is critical — even if you are not in the growth mode.

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Shaping success from the start
Facility Management Journal
Success is something we all strive toward. However, focusing on the rewards of achievement moves us no further along the path to the end goal. There is no magic recipe for success; it's a mentality and a set of behavioral patterns. So, how do we foster the mindset that will take us to the finish line?

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Building integrated solar close to tipping point
SustainableBusiness.com
Cost and performance considerations have long held back the market for building integrated photovoltaics, but the steep drop in solar prices and the emergence of high-profile projects and EU policies are injecting new enthusiasm for incorporating it into building designs. "We're approaching a tipping point, and at some point in the future, building integrated solar would be a must-have in the design of any new and significant building," Mike Russell, managing director at Accenture told Bloomberg.
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Accurately measuring building energy use
The Energy Collective
In recent months, there has been some debate about the advantages and potential disadvantages of remote building energy audits. At the same time, however, on-site audits have also been the subject of recent discussion and scrutiny, albeit in a slightly less publicized manner. Most notably, the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Efficient Buildings Hub recently used their temporary headquarters, the Philadelphia Navy Yard building, to conduct on-site energy audits using three different providers.
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