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Jan. 6, 2009
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CPMM Class in Chicago This Month
from AFE
AFE is accepting registrations for the Certified Plant Maintenance Manager programs to be conducted at the AHR Expo in Chicago Jan. 23-24. The CPMM Exam is being proctored on Jan. 25.
The CPMM program is suitable for facilities personnel who work in manufacturing, schools, health care, government, and other segments of business. It was designed for people who have hands-on or technical, but not managerial, expertise in the increasingly complex maintenance arena. Those who successfully complete this program - as proven by passing a special examination - have up-to-date, useful knowledge of concepts such as maintenance management, preventive maintenance, inventory and procurement, work orders, work flow, planning and scheduling, computerized maintenance management, total productive maintenance, maintenance financials and return on investment. Eligibility requirements are current employment as a facility maintenance professional and two years of experience.
As a study aid, AFE offers the “CPMM Review Pak” containing the topics covered by the exam.
Apply NOW at and contact Carol Lawrence to guarantee your spot. Questions? Call (703) 234-4068.

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Top Ten Green Engineering Trends, Stories for 2008
from Design News
No doubt, 2008 was a tumultuous year. GM and Chrysler nearly went under. Banks and brokerage house screwed everyone, but we bailed them out anyway. And we saw our 401ks get sawed nearly in half. But it was great year for green engineering which has become a household term if not a common practice in design circles. Here’s a review of the year’s top 10 year green engineering events, products and stories. More

Renewable Power Projects Face Limited Capacity in U.S., Europe
from Technology Review Online
Push through a bulletproof revolving door in a nondescript building in a dreary patch of the former East Berlin and you enter the control center for Vattenfall Europe Transmission, the company that controls northeastern Germany's electrical grid. A monitor displaying a diagram of that grid takes up most of one wall. A series of smaller screens show the real-time output of regional wind turbines and the output that had been predicted the previous day. Germany is the world's largest user of wind energy, with enough turbines to produce 22,250 megawatts of electricity. That's roughly the equivalent of the output from 22 coal plants--enough to meet about 6 percent of Germany's needs. And because Vattenfall's service area produces 41 percent of German wind energy, the control room is a critical proving ground for the grid's ability to handle renewable power. More

Preventing Roof Collapse in Winter Weather New Green Roof Graces Department of the Interior Building
from Today’s Facility Manager
The Institute for Business & Home Safety is offering the following information and engineering guidelines that can help prevent this threat to life safety and property. Emergency managers in a number of states are warning facility managers to pay attention to the accumulation of ice and snow on their buildings. More

Mayor Plans to Green Jersey City
Mayor Jerramiah Healy has proposed a series of ordinances aimed at boosting the city’s eco-friendly profile. The proposals have been sent to the City Council for review and could be introduced next month. Developers aiming for LEED certification in new construction and rehabilitation would be entitled to a partial refund of building permit application fees under one ordinance proposed by Healy. The refunds would range from 10 percent on buildings that meet the minimum criteria for certification to 25 percent on projects that pursue LEED Platinum, the highest designation under the guidelines developed by the US Green Building Council. More


Conserving in New Facilities
from Radio World
Variable energy costs and an interest in "going green" are making many broadcasters think about the environment when planning renovations or construction of new facilities. Yet most managers and engineers are unfamiliar with the terminology, technologies and standards involved in green building. Radio World asked two industry experts to comment on building conservation in new broadcast facilities. As broadcasters approach a green building project or renovation, "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design" or LEED certification may become an area of interest. More

And The Top Materials for 2008 Are ...
from Technology Review Online
Graphene, the material behind one of our 10 emerging technologies of 2008, stayed in the news all year. In July, researchers who poked the single-atom-thick carbon sheets with the tip of an atomic force microscope confirmed that graphene is the strongest material ever tested. But most of the graphene community, including Kostya Novoselov, one of the first to make graphene and one of Technology Review’s top 35 innovators under 35 in 2008, is interested in graphene's electrical properties. Last month, two separate groups of researchers reported that they had made fast graphene transistors that could be used for wireless communications. Other researchers addressed the problem of manufacturing graphene. Novoselov and his collaborators originally made the single-atom-thick hydrocarbon sheets by crushing graphite between two layers of tape. But more scalable graphene-manufacturing technologies will be needed for the material to be adopted by the chip industry. One group at the University of California, Los Angeles, developed a simple method for making large sheets of graphene by dissolving graphite in hydrazine. More

The Nature Conservancy Rings in a Solar New Year
from The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii will ring in the New Year equipped with a state-of-the-art photovoltaic (PV) system that allows the non-profit to generate clean energy and reduce its carbon emissions. The new 72-panel PV system was just installed atop the rooftop of the Conservancy’s downtown Honolulu office. Hawaii Energy Connection engineered and supervised the project in collaboration with Siu’s Electric, the firm’s commercial installation partner. More

New York's First LEED-Certified Renovated Hotel, The NoMaD, Prepares For Opening
from Hotels Mag
New York City-based GFI Development Company has announced that their luxury flagship hotel, The NoMad Hotel, will be the first New York City LEED-certified renovated hotel, slated to open in Fall 2009 in the NoMad District located in the Madison Square North Historic District. Standing for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design”, a Green Building Rating System developed by the U.S. Green Council, LEED-certification is a check-list for eco-friendly design and practices, indicating environmentally sustainable construction divided into six basic categories: sustainable site, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality and innovation and design process. More

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