Monthly Archives: August 2012

Are the Lights Going Out for Incandescent Bulbs?

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Energy and Sustainability Services

No offense to Thomas Edison, but it looks like the end of the line for his great invention of 1879, the incandescent light bulb.

Probably the most common symbol of creativity, the heat-producing, energy-eating incandescent bulb is being swept aside by a myriad of more energy-efficient alternatives.

There are almost 5 billion electric light sockets in… Read More

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The gap between building certification and real performance

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Thomas Meng
Energy Manager, Jones Lang LaSalle 

We did a preliminary energy assessment last month for a site which has been managed by our IFM team for over three years.  Some recommendations for potential energy savings have now been provided, but I was surprised to learn that the buildings were able to acquire LEED certification after we completed our site… Read More

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The holy grail of socio-economic sustainability

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Anne-Sophie Blin
EMEA Upstream Sustainability Services

A while ago, I found out about a research project led by the London School of Economics, called Mappiness. The purpose of this project is to gain data to explore how people’s happiness is affected by their local environment (e.g. air pollution, noise levels, green spaces). I think this project raised a very… Read More

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A flood of concerns

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Jon Gibson
Upstream Sustainability Services

So what’s going on with all of this rain in the UK recently, happily ruining most of my summer plans and those of others, but I guess it’s ok the hosepipe ban has been lifted. Every cloud has a silver lining. I don’t mind rain, in fact it has made our country an even greener and… Read More

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You Still Don’t Believe in Climate Change?

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Energy and Sustainability Services

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) just issued a troubling little news flash today …

July 2012 was hottest month on record for contiguous U.S. since record keeping began in 1895.

There are still quite a few people that don’t want to admit that human beings are altering the planet’s climate through activities that increase… Read More

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