Day: August 17, 2012

Why the next wave of green buildings will focus on net zero

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As the green buildings movement matures, the next wave of venture capital will center on startups that make net-zero operations possible.

Net-zero buildings produce as much energy as they consume, requiring investments in both energy efficiency measures and in renewable energy generation.

Bright idea: How LED technology is key to future smart buildings

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Cost and functionality have traditionally been two big hurdles for the widespread use of LED lighting technology in commercial buildings. With technical improvements and increasing awareness of LED energy efficiency beneits, there has been some limited adoption in parking and exterior applications.

But the convergence of building automation and information technology that is transforming the facilities management industry — and helping define the smart buildings market — presents a significant opportunity for deployments in LED (light emitting diode)¬†applications.

EU amps up e-waste collection rules for companies, consumers

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Stringent new EU e-waste rules officially came into effect yesterday, paving the way for a fundamental overhaul of how technology companies, retailers, recycling firms, and consumers handle waste electronic equipment and devices.

The updating of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive, which first came into effect in 2003, will impose a series of ambitious new e-waste recovery and recycling targets on the IT and electronics industry while also introducing stringent new penalties for companies and member states who fail to comply with the rules.

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