Energy audits to be required in San Francisco
Mayor Gavin Newsom wants energy audits for large commercial buildings in San Francisco.
According to a San Francisco Chronicle story , San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom wants owners of large commercial buildings in the city to conduct an energy audit within five years to secure their business license renewal--and to provide the results to the city, which will publish the information in a public database.
Potential tenants of the buildings could then use the information to decide if they want to rent space there, which Newsom compared to shopping for a car based on a particular model's gas mileage.
"As a tenant, you can compare and contrast and shop," he said. "This is so obvious and so rational and so doable."
Newsom made the announcement Dec. 11 at a news conference to tout the Transamerica Pyramid being awarded the LEED Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council in recognition of a variety of energy and environmental upgrades. It becomes the city's 88th LEED-certified building.
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey