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Green power for the Empire State Building
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Amid a more general makeover, the owners of the Empire State Building have spent the last couple of years burnishing the 80-year-old landmark's green bona fides as well—chiefly through a series of efficiency upgrades and other energy retrofits. More

Power plants: Engineers mimic photosynthesis to harvest light energy
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Plants take advantage of quantum mechanics to harvest sunlight with near-perfect efficiency—though only roughly 2 percent of that capture sunlight ultimately gets stored as chemical energy. Now scientists are studying how this light-harvesting step of photosynthesis is optimized by nature to learn how to mimic it in engineered systems for use in solar cells or artificial leaves that produce fuels directly from the sun. More

Industrial world slow to accept cloud computing
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Cloud computing has been around for a number of years, but these days, it's all the rage. But does it have a fit in the industrial world? The concept of cloud computing is simple: have applications and servers hosted on the Internet, usually in a virtualized infrastructure where one physical hardware server hosts two or more distinct operating systems and associated applications. More

Case Study: Philips Lighting Solutions and Cushman Wakefield

Houston, Texas – In order to reduce energy usage in 4 million + square feet of floorspace, leading real estate services and property management firm Cushman Wakefield utilized Philips energy efficient 25W T8 with ALTO II Technology lamps and Philips Advance high-efficiency electronic Optanium ballasts in a lighting upgrade project that cut energy costs by nearly 30% and delivered a payback of less than 2 years. Read More


Public input sought on LEED changes, data center standards and more
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The U.S. Green Building Council is calling for public comment to help shape the next version of LEED. The first public comment session concludes Jan. 14 for all Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards, including the rating system groups for Building Design & Construction, Interior Design & Construction and Buildings Operations & Maintenance; LEED for Neighborhood Development and LEED for Homes. More

Get an early 2011 start on career advancement: Sign up for a CPMM Certification Review Course
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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:
    • Maintenance Management
    • Preventive Maintenance
    • Inventory & Procurement
    • Planning & Scheduling Work Flow
    • Computerized Maintenance Management Systems
    • Predictive Maintenance
    • Financials and ROI
    • Safety
    • Indoor Air Quality
The January classes will be held at Fayetteville Technical Community College, Fayetteville, N.C., from Jan. 17-19, 2011.

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.


Preparing aging Eureka, Calif., buildings for future quakes
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The January 2010 earthquake shook more than just the ground—it also stirred up Eureka, Calif., awareness of the need to retrofit unreinforced masonry buildings. The city of Eureka started that process back in 1989 when the Eureka City, Calif., Council adopted a mandatory ordinance for those types of sites called Seismic Hazard Reduction in Existing Buildings. Assistant City Manager Mike Knight said the ordinance is designed to get property owners to retrofit facilities to make buildings earthquake-ready, and it was amended at least twice since it was first adopted. More

AFE Member-Get-a-Member Campaign set to start Jan. 15
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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!

Renewable energy now neck and neck with nuclear in the US
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New renewable energy projects are popping up left and right. The amount of green energy generation was finally on par with that of nuclear. According to data just released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, nuclear energy generation and renewable energy generation both accounted for approximately 11 percent of the United States' entire power supply in the first nine months of 2010. What's even better is that while nuclear power is floundering, renewable energy generation is on the rise. More

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Taiwan building to be world's top energy saver
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Taiwan will soon reveal its first zero carbon emission building and the world's top energy saving building. That's the word from National Cheng Kung University and Delta Electronics recently. The green building is a new research center on the Cheng Kung University campus commemorating former premier Sun Yun-suan. The center is slated to open Jan. 12. More

AFE Career Center Job of the Week
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Honda of America Manufacturing is seeking a highly-qualified HVAC/Mechanical Engineer in Marysville, OH. To more about this or other career opportunities for facilities professionals, visit the AFE Career Center. More

Why new federal leasing rules are good for green business
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New green leasing requirements that kicked in recently, require federal agencies to sign leases only in energy efficient buildings as designated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star program, which rates the energy performance of buildings and identifies the nation's top performers. More
 

 
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