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Opportunities of reality: Transitioning from FM theory to practice
IFMA's FMJ magazine
One of the most espoused tenets of sustainability and operational efficiency comes in the realm of energy savings. Sounds easy enough ... just cut down on energy use. Implementing and managing that process, however, is a bit more complex. The following case study demonstrates a good place to start when you are tasked to apply actions to thought.
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For smart buildings to grow, IT and building automation players need to work together
Greentech Media
The evolution of smart buildings has been painfully slow over the last 25 years. But we are now on the threshold of realizing a fully automatic system that could control all the building services without the intervention of humans. This we call the building Internet of things.
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US: Efficiency standards for commercial air conditioners coming soon
Energy Manager Today
In early 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy began leading a group of 17 stakeholders in a formal negotiated rulemaking for new energy efficiency standards for commercial rooftop air conditioners. The stakeholders included equipment manufacturers such as Goodman, Rheem and Lennox, as well as contractors, installers and efficiency groups.
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Economics of installing combined heating and power systems
The Energy Collective
With states adopting programs to encourage energy users to install combined heating and power systems, building owners and asset managers are asking themselves the bottom line question — how can combined heating and power increase my operating income and asset value? Every building varies in energy use, energy efficiency and fuel supply arrangement.
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Infographic: Creating the perfect facility management resume
iOffice
Like everything else, there has been a global shift in focus in values over the last decade, as companies realize the value of workforce relationships, preventive maintenance and receding our carbon footprint. This movement has helped facility managers prove their value, making it the fastest-growing profession.
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Five trends shaping office design
Commercial Property Executive
VideoBriefAt NeoCon 2015, Diana Mosher caught up with Teknion's Director of Workplace Strategy, Stephanie Douglass, who shared cutting-edge ideas that can result in more engaged employees and increased productivity.
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Why offices with playground-style amenities may be onto something
Fast Company
Startup offices with playground-style amenities such as slides, ping-pong tables and game rooms still spark plenty of debate. Some experts subscribe to the idea that such features can improve both workplace moods and productivity, while others see it as juvenile. But it stands to reason that playful design helps employees stay young at heart, which in turn could have a big impact on a company's success.
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Green buildings offer sustainable benefits
South China Morning Post
We are in the midst of a global urban migration. For the first time in history, more people are living in cities than in rural areas. It is a force that is changing the landscape of our planet and presents a global energy challenge. Urbanization requires more buildings, and buildings consume about 40 percent of the world's energy.
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Nigeria: Real estate contribution to GDP could grow nearly 50 percent
The Nation
Accounting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers has projected a significant increase in real estate's contribution to Nigeria's gross domestic product next year if the right environment is created. Managing Director Femi Akintunde of Alpha Mead Facilities and Management Services Ltd. urged facility managers to position themselves as key drivers of the real estate sector and be part of its success story. Speaking at an event by facility managers in Lagos, Nigeria, Akintunde urged them to brace themselves to sustain the anticipated growth.
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How buildings are used is as important as why
Architect Magazine
We absolutely know how to design buildings and neighborhoods that promote well-being and abundance, but behavior is the wild card. It's all in how people use their buildings. If we can understand behavior and create "situational cues" or "factors" in the physical environment, can we encourage positive behaviors, like using less energy?
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The case for a human-centered sustainability strategy
GreenBiz
The goal of green building is to make the building perform better. Historically this has led to a focus on energy, water and materials, with a heavy emphasis on predicting performance on such things as energy usage but not measuring it for long, if at all. Energy Star, LEED and the Living Building Challenge are rating systems that quantify that performance — in kilowatts, gallons and milligrams — and then set ever-tightening rules for use in the world.
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New frontier for energy efficiency emerges in small buildings
The Huffington Post
Small business owners work hard to keep the lights on, so they often don't have time to think about the opportunity to strengthen their bottom line through energy efficiency improvements in their building. That's why the Preservation Green Lab of the National Trust for Historic Preservation is working with a national team of experts to test a program for pinpointing long-term energy cost savings in existing buildings.
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