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Honoring the Unsung Heroes Who Increase Productivity and Maintain Business Continuity

By: Dean Johnson

Today we are celebrating World Facilities Management Day (World FM Day), dedicated to recognizing the men and women across the globe who take on the challenging responsibility of maintaining the safety, efficiency and usability of our workplaces.

Transitioning from Climate Commitments to Implementation

Alternatives for cleaner power generation

Across the globe, about 1,200 new coal-fired plants are being proposed, with China and India together accounting for 76 percent of the proposed new coal power capacities.  Furthermore, even though the projected renewables share of the global energy mix by 2030 is expected to grow, fossil fuels will be a significant electric generation—about 44 percent. These trends show there is still more to be done if we are to achieve significant reductions in global carbon emissions.

Carbon Smart Straw Bale Structural Insulated Panels

Building Energy Efficient and Carbon Smart with Prefab Straw Bale

GREEN BUILDERS WHO ARE motivated to reduce carbon emissions tend to focus on increasing energy efficiency to reduce the overall carbon emissions of a building over its lifespan. This is certainly a worthy goal, but in its pursuit, we often use materials that actually contribute to greater immediate carbon emissions.

Cities Introduce Smart Programs in Divergent Manners


Cities across the globe have followed multiple tracks in their quest to become “smart.” It isn’t a question of right or wrong. However, two key themes are emerging in their approach – either start with a pilot project that produces quick results, or undertake a comprehensive master plan that strategically lays out the coming years and decades.

VIDEO: The Quest to Become Smart Cities Follows Many Tracks

Forest City Named USGBC's Outstanding LEED Homes Multi-Family Developer of the Year

National REIT receives LEED Homes award for commitment to sustainable apartment communities
Press Release

CLEVELAND, July 18, 2016 /3BL Media/ – Forest City Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: FCEA and FCEB), was named the 2015 Outstanding Multi-family Developer, as part of the annual LEED Homes Awards from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

Infographic: 2015 Biggest Wins

Multimedia with summary

Alliance Data is highlighting our biggest wins of 2015: we continued to perform among the top 1% of publicly traded companies, we were recognized by Fortune Magazine for our culture of inclusion, we increased giving by 84%, and more. To learn more about our corporate responsibility in 2015, check out the full report.

Black & Veatch and Schneider Electric to Design and Build Microgrid at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar

New system to power mission-critical facilities in the event of outage
Press Release

Overland Park, Kansas, July 5, 2016 /3BL Media/ – Black & Veatch and Schneider Electric USA have formed a joint venture to  design and construct an energy security microgrid at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar, in San Diego, California. The microgrid solution will allow operations at mission-critical facilities to continue uninterrupted if the utility power grid is compromised or damaged.

Smart Cities: Siemens’ New Headquarters

by Sandra Zistl

Siemens’ new headquarters complex in the heart of Munich will use 90 percent less electricity, 75 percent less water, and generate 90 percent less CO2 than its predecessor. What’s more, it is already one of the most modern and sustainable office complexes in the world.

Transformational Design: Net Zero Energy Certified Residential Buildings


Net zero energy is quickly becoming a sought-after goal for many buildings worldwide. The media focuses primarily on commercial buildings, but there are a number of innovative homeowners who seek to reduce demand on the earth’s natural resources. Residential net zero energy buildings are examples of what is possible when homeowners and designers look at how to reduce energy demands of buildings.

Alliance Urges Builders to Help Prevent Asthma with Proper Home Seal

America’s consumers, businesses and builders are urged to assist in the prevention of asthma and asthma related attacks through the use of responsible building materials and reduction of fossil fuel consumption in homes and commercial buildings.

The SPFA, a building materials association, is urging American consumers and builders to assist in asthma prevention through the use of responsible insulation materials.

With 26 million Americans affected (including more than 7 million children) with the chronic condition, the alliance seeks to educate all on real impact quality building materials can have on prevention.


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