California adopts greenest building codes in U.S.
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Newly constructed hospitals, schools, shopping malls and homes in California will be some of the greenest in the world, after a state commission voted unanimously to approve the most stringent, environmentally friendly building code standards of any state in the nation. More
Olympics on track to boost building work
The 2012 London Olympics is on target to deliver more construction jobs over the course of the year. In a recent statement, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) said that around 7,270 positions have already been created through work at the Olympic Park building site. It said that it expects this figure to rise to 11,000 in 2010. Construction work has been notably affected by the downturn, and it is hoped that the Olympics will help reverse rising unemployment figures in the sector. More
Flawed building likely a big element
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Engineers and architects who have worked in or visited Haiti say that substandard design, inadequate materials and shoddy construction practices likely contributed to the collapse of many buildings in the earthquake that struck last week. More
China tries a new tack to go solar
The New York Times Share
As it moves rapidly to become the world's leader in nuclear power, wind energy and photovoltaic solar panels, China is taking tentative steps to master another alternative energy industry: using mirrors to capture sunlight, produce steam and generate electricity. More
AFE supports AHR Expo again for 2010 CPMM Review Course and Exam to be offered pre-show, January 23-25, in Orlando
AFE is pleased to be a sponsor once again for the International Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo), taking place in Orlando, FL January 25-27, 2010. AFE will be offering a Certified Plant Maintenance Manager (CPMM) review course and exam two days prior to the start of the expo. The opportunity to earn this widely-recognized professional certification is open to anyone, not just AFE members! For more information and to register for the CPMM course, please click here. To learn more about the AHR Expo, please click here.
Big Chinese companies take to the skyline
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What is being billed as the world's most energy efficient skyscraper is being built in the center of one of China's smoggiest cities by state-owned China National Tobacco Co. It is the latest example of a new trend in China's burgeoning commercial property market: state-owned businesses in industries as disparate as insurance and tobacco are emerging as developers, putting up the cash to build some of the most eye-catching skyscrapers in the world. More
AFE corporate partners support facilities engineering education
AFE's Global Technical Partners play a direct and significant role in promoting the personal and professional success of AFE members. Their support allows AFE to offer ongoing training and education, certification courses and other valuable technical resources AFE members need to deal with everyday issues on the job. Not surprisingly, the majority of AFE members and certified professionals indicate they're more likely to do business with an AFE Global Technical Partner than their competitors. To learn how to become an AFE Global Technical Partner and reach more than 40,000 facilities professionals, click here or contact AFE at (571) 203-7235.
Smart embedded sensor systems for offshore wind turbines
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Smart embedded sensor systems will allow operators of offshore wind farms to check 'the health' of the wind turbines, while the operator is sitting in a warm and dry place on land and while the turbine blades are spinning merrily, far away at sea. More