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University of California, Berkeley, researchers innovate the office space
Sustainable Industries
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, are working to cut commercial building energy consumption while giving office workers an atypical sense of control over their thermal environments. Armed with a recently announced US$1.6 million grant from the California Energy Commission, researchers from UC Berkeley's Center for the Built Environment are testing and promoting a new set of tools that will enable more efficient temperature control in buildings by using input from building occupants, a network of Web-based applications and a user-responsive personal comfort system
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Big changes are coming to conventional office buildings
Los Angeles Times
With the lines between our work lives and personal time blurring as new technology unchains us from our desks, the notion of what a desirable office looks like is also changing. Corporate America is moving away from conventional layouts where an employee's status is measured by the amount of space he occupies. Instead, more compact, playful designs are coming into favor.
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Canadian developer opening condo sales center in Seattle
Puget Sound Business Journal
San Francisco real estate executive Alan Mark has sold 10,000 homes, but he's about to sell his first in Seattle. This month, The Mark Co. plans to open its first sales center in Seattle to market Insignia, a 41-story condominium project. Alan Mark thinks now is a great time to start selling condominiums in downtown Seattle. If Insignia succeeds the way he thinks it will, it likely will launch a wave of condo construction and condo conversions.
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Oregon state building gets top rating for environmental design
Statesman Journal
The Salem, Ore., headquarters for the Oregon Department of Transportation received the highest rating for environmental responsibility from the U.S. Green Building Council. The building received LEED Platinum certification.
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Business reviews now available on the IFMA Buyer's Guide
Nearly seven out of 10 people read online reviews before making a purchase, and in the business-to-business world, reviews are even more important in the decision-making process. To help in your purchasing decisions, we are pleased to announce that we've now incorporated business reviews into our FM Buyer's Guide. Now you have the opportunity to share your experiences with a company's products or services with your fellow colleagues, or read what others have to say about a potential future vendor. To help build our database of reviews, we're offering you a chance to win a trip to Hawaii just for writing a review! Visit the FM Buyer's Guide to search for qualified product and service providers and write a review.

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    As Amazon stretches, Seattle's downtown is reshaped (The New York Times)
Micro-apartments: Modular building and affordability in San Francisco (The Epoch Times)
Entrepreneur renovating Old Sacramento building (Sacramento Business Journal)
If everyone is happy, you're doing something wrong (By Michael J. Berens)

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Berkeley, Calif., greenhouse gas emissions down 8 percent since 2000
The city of Berkeley has reduced community-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 8 percent since 2000 despite a 10 percent increase in population, the city announced in an annual report mailed to residents and businesses throughout the city. The mailing is the most comprehensive public report produced by the city to date on its progress toward Climate Action Plan goals established in 2006.

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Micro-apartments: Modular building and affordability in San Francisco
The Epoch Times
For developers in San Francisco, "it's the best of times, and it's the worst of times," says Panoramic Interests CEO Patrick Kennedy. If you've just put a building on the currently under-supplied market, it's a really good time. But if you're in the earlier stages of a project, everything is getting expensive.

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As Amazon stretches, Seattle's downtown is reshaped
The New York Times
Often a corporation with a grand dream to reshape a city wants tax breaks in return. Not Amazon. When Amazon executives showed up last year for the first meetings about their proposal to build a new headquarters in Seattle — three towers that would draw thousands of workers downtown — city officials were taken aback. Not by the scope of the plan, but by the simplicity of the discussion.

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Plan your work and work your plan: Three tips for effective execution
By Adam C. Wright, Ph.D.
Leading a team and getting the job done is easier said than done. In today's market-driven economy where everything is about the bottom line, executives cannot afford to waste resources on personnel who do not know how to execute. Knowing how to effectively execute your work can mean the difference between landing that promotion you've always dreamed about or finding your way to the end of the unemployment line.
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Lowe's Commercial Grand Opening Event in Carlsbad       All     Sept. 12, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Montana Conference       Northern Rockies     Sept. 12-13

IFMA's Advocacy Day and Public Policy Forum       IFMA     Sept. 17-18

Lowe's Consumer Grand Opening in Carlsbad       All     Sept. 19, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

IFMA's World Workplace 2013       IFMA     Oct. 2-4

Southeast Idaho Conference       Northern Rockies     Oct. 24-25

Boise Conference       Northern Rockies     Nov. 7-8

Sustainability Facility Professional™ Certification       San Diego     Nov. 14-16, Dec. 13-14


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