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The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in the U.S. has issued a report on “The Future of Air Conditioning for Buildings.”

The report characterizes global trends, including discussions of both the direct and indirect climate impacts of the growing use of air-conditioning. The report also documents ways for achieving international goals for reducing emissions, including “pathways related to low-global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants, energy efficiency innovations, long-term R&D initiatives and regulatory actions.

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The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat has published a new 144-page resource. Tall Buildings – A Strategic Design Guide is by Nigel Clark and Bill Price. It covers everything from what motivates developers to build tall and occupiers’ viewpoints, to facade design, engineering and construction, costs, BIM, and challenges of adaption and demolition.

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Energy Star’s Portfolio Manager is introducing waste benchmarking this month. The new feature will allow building managers to track 29 types of waste, including construction materials, paper, batteries, kitchen waste, furniture and textiles. They will also be able to specify how much of each type of waste was recycled, donated or reused, composted, or disposed. The tool will provide annual totals per disposal method, cost metrics related to waste management, and the diversion rate.

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