AFE applauds passage of 'Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act of 2010'
The Association for Facilities Engineering (AFE) applauded the recent passage of legislation to provide training for federal building personnel in the areas of building maintenance and operations, energy management, safety and design functions. The legislation, backed by AFE and other industry groups designed to help promote a sustainable world—and save taxpayer dollars.
"This legislation is a win both for federal facility workers and the American taxpayer," said Wayne Carley, PhD, AFE's interim executive director. More
Federal agencies continue to support LEED certification
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Federal agencies are gearing up to deepen their commitment to the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system heading into 2011, despite some criticism of its effectiveness. During the Ecobuild America conference, held Dec. 6-10, in Washington, D.C., representatives from several agencies touted their green agendas. More
Getting started with sustainable operations in hospitals
Getting started with sustainable operations is not necessarily a walk in the park. Maybe you have been asked to "green" your facility by upper management but you are not sure where to begin or what to do. Or maybe you are upper management and you want to provide good direction to your team to get going with sustainable operations. Either way, the first steps in the process are critical to establishing momentum and getting started in the right direction. More
Iconic building gets green light for restoration
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The go ahead for the restoration of one of the U.K.'s most striking buildings has been given by London Mayor Boris Johnson. The £5.5 billion redevelopment of the iconic Battersea Power Station in south London brings closer an extension of the Tube's Northern line. It will also mean the creation of 25,000 jobs—15,000 of them within the power station building—and the construction of 16,000 homes. A Grade II listed building with distinctive chimneys, Battersea Power Station has been vacant since being decommissioned in 1983. More
Get an early 2011 start on career advancement: Sign up for a CPMM Certification Review Course
AFE is offering two early 2011 opportunities to improve your job security and performance by taking a live, instructor-led review course leading to AFE Certification. The Certified Plant Maintenance Manager Review classes will cover the following topics:
• Preventive Maintenance
• Inventory & Procurement
• Planning & Scheduling Work Flow
• Computerized Maintenance Management Systems
• Predictive Maintenance
• Financials and ROI
• Indoor Air Quality
For those who prefer a class in the Philadelphia area, a second review class will be held Feb. 7-9, just a few minutes' drive from the Liberty Bell.
Find out why AFE Certified professionals earn more than $7,000 a year more than their colleagues in the industry. Visit CPMM information for complete information and registration forms.
Solar energy made big gains in 2010
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The year 2010 was a rough one for a lot of industries, but not for solar energy. The fact that 2010 saw slow economic recovery, high unemployment and halting growth across the board makes the solar industry's growth look behemoth. But the truth is, it would have seemed big, strong and well nourished even if not pictured next to the rest of the country's wilted economy. The industry has seen major developments this year, including improving technology, falling prices, growing public interest, government support, and tremendous industry growth. More
AFE Member-Get-a-Member Campaign set to start Jan. 15
AFE has announced a Member-Get-A-Member Campaign will be launched on Jan. 15, 2011, and run through Sept. 30, 2011. This is your opportunity to help AFE increase its membership base, earn extra prizes and have fun by recruiting friends and colleagues. The campaign is being conducted to help increase AFE membership, expand members' professional networks, and help build support for AFE programs. How can you started with the Member-Get-a-Member campaign? Talk to prospects now and check your email for more updates on the campaign. For more information, contact Maxine McIntosh at 571-203-7236. And good luck!
US seeks to lease federal waters for wind energy
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The Obama administration is looking to lease an area in waters off the coast of Massachusetts for wind-energy projects. The U.S. Interior Department asked wind-energy companies on Tuesday to determine whether they would be interested in building turbines within a 3,000 square-mile expanse of federal waters, south of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket. More
Free Download of Standard 90.1-2007 Now Available
To promote energy efficiency, ASHRAE and the US Department of Energy are making Standard 90.1-2007 (I-P Edition) available for free download (PDF).
Standard 90.1 has been a benchmark for commercial building energy codes for over 35 years. It is an indispensable reference for engineers and other professionals involved in the design of buildings and building systems. The 2007 edition serves as the basis of many building codes.
The print edition of 90.1-2007, as well as a User's Manual, are available for purchase in the ASHRAE bookstore. The latest version of the standard, Standard 90.1-2010, I-P units, is now available for pre-sale at the new ASHRAE Online Store, where you can also search or browse the entire ASHRAE catalog of standards, guidelines, handbooks, research reports, and more.