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White Roofs Could Raise Global Temperatures

15 November 2011 -

(Environmental Leader)

A worldwide conversion to white roofs may actually warm the earth by about 0.07 C (0.13 F), according to Stanford University researchers.

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Smart Glass Becomes More Or Less Transparent Depending On The Weather

7 October 2011 -

(Fast Company) By Ben Schiller
Windows that automatically change color to reduce heating and cooling bills are the next step of smart buildings. South Korean scientists just got a lot closer to automating them.

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Jones Lang LaSalle launches new tool to boost onsite renewables take up

5 October 2011 -

(Business Green) Global property management firm Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) launched a new tool this week designed to help property managers quickly assess whether buildings are suitable for onsite renewable energy technologies

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Clinton, Branson Launch Major Building Energy Efficiency Projects

22 September 2011 -

(Environmental Leader) September 21, 2011
President Bill Clinton’s Clinton Global Initiative and Richard Branson’s Carbon War Room have both launched partnerships with companies such as Lockheed Martin, Barclays Capital, Goldman Sachs and Jones Lang LaSalle, aimed at increasing energy efficiency in U.S. buildings.

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GRI launches global sustainability reporting guidelines for buildings

22 September 2011 -

(GreenWise) September 22, 2011
Companies operating in the built environment are being told they will be able to measure their green performance more effectively than ever before with the launch of new international guidelines on sustainability reporting.

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UN’s Method for Measuring Building Emissions May Become ISO Standard

12 August 2011 -

(Greener Buildings) By Tilde Herrera – August 04, 2011
The world’s built environment consumes as much as 40 percent of global energy use. That makes for a massive carbon footprint, but until recently, the building sector didn’t have a universal framework to measure carbon emissions produced during a building’s operations.

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Fraud, fiscal irregularities found at half of Dutch real estate companies

19 May 2011 -

(IPE) NETHERLANDS – The Dutch Internal Revenue Service has ordered 600 real estate companies to pay €330m in fees and back taxes after conducting a large-scale investigation of the industry.

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Introducing The Self-Cleaning, Smog-Eating Building

18 May 2011 -

(Fast Company) Struggling to breathe because of the layer of smog hovering in the atmosphere above you? Alcoa has come up with a potential solution for that most unpleasant of man-made environmental issues: the smog-eating building.

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2011 Energy Efficiency Indicator study: European Regional Results Summary

17 May 2011 -

(GreenBiz) The Institute for Building Efficiency’s fifth annual Energy Efficiency Indicator survey for Europe shows increasing interest in energy efficiency among facility executives with rising energy prices, concern for energy security, and expectations of more government policies that mandate energy savings and greenhouse gas reductions. Still, many of the 857 respondents from six countries cited persistent barriers to energy efficiency in the form of financial constraints and lack of staff expertise to complete projects.

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