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Jan. 20, 2009
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New Webinar Just Added
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Join us 2-3 p.m. EST, Wednesday, Jan. 21, when Sharene Rekow of the Green Building Initiative discusses the Green Globes rating and assessment tool, and "Continual Improvement for Existing Buildings." AFE members may attend AT NO CHARGE. Non-members are welcome; their cost is $99. Registration is required for everyone. Go to this link, to view the webinars. Questions? Call (703) 234-4066. Any Certified Plant Engineer, Certified Plant Maintenance Manager or Certified Plant Supervisor who participates in an AFE webinar can earn 0.1 credit toward recertification.

Please mark you calendar for these other upcoming webinars:
• "The Top 10 Parasites of Your Compressed Air System" on Feb. 18.
• "Maintaining Your Building's Performance During a Recession: Analyzing and Managing Risk" on March 17.
• "Developing a Strategic Energy Plan for Your Building Taking into Account Falling Energy Costs" on June 16.
• "Technical Deep Dive: Proven, Low-Cost, Low-Risk Energy Conservation Measures" in September.


National Studies Show Green Building as Key Part of America's Economic Future
from Sustainable Facility
Even as the dire financial news continues to dominate year-end headlines, a cascade of newly released studies and reports points to green building as one of the growing bright spots for the U.S. economy, the U.S. Green Building Council reports. In fact, as economic experts call for a recovery plan focused on green jobs and infrastructure, as consumers look to live in more economically sustainable homes, as businesses strive to cut operating costs, and as our national security needs depend on an end to reliance on foreign energy sources, green buildings’ ability to deliver solutions to these pressing challenges promises to change the way we view the building industry. More

Growth in Energy Use Could Drop 22 Percent by 2030 Under Right Conditions: Report
from Greener Buildings
With the help from efficiency programs, energy users in the U.S. could reduce the growth rate of consumption by 22 percent in the next 20 years -- a reduction equivalent to 14 times the electricity used annually in New York City, according to a new report. The report released by the Electric Power Research Institute said the estimated reduction is a realistic expection provided that "key barriers" are addressed. More

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    New Trends in Europe Using Glass in Architectural Design
    from Construction & Maintance News
    Italy's foremost private media company, has recently carried out an important face-lift to its headquarters setting a new example of architectural innovation and becoming a communication emblem. The dominating element of the design is its impressive ventilated curved façade with a "double-skin" in laminated safety glass and DuPont SentryGlas interlayer. The outcome is a work of art for the most important media company in Italy that features a striking visual impact and also acts as enduring protection for the building. More

    Popular Hotels Begin Sustainability Initiative
    One of the largest hotel management companies in the U.S., Crestline Hotels and Resorts, recently announced an expansive sustainability initiative to be implemented at all 70 of its hotels, resorts and conference centers. The company manages reputable hotel properties across the country, such as Marriott, Hilton, Westin and Wyndham hotels. More

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    Financial Crisis Delays Work on New World’s Tallest Tower
    from Associated Press
    The developer of a skyscraper planned to be the world's tallest said it is halting work on the project for a year as the Middle East's business and entertainment capital grapples with the financial crisis. State-owned builder Nakheel's decision to shelve the landmark development — which it unveiled only in October — came as a leading credit rating firm warned that falling real estate prices will likely hurt banks in Dubai and elsewhere in the United Arab Emirates. The halted skyscraper was planned to soar the length of more than 10 American football fields, and analysts had said its unveiling late last year showed a lot of confidence amid the souring global economy. More

    Eco-Friendly Smart Growth Takes Root in Dallas
    from Greener Buildings
    Savvy developers are capitalizing on growing demand in Dallas for eco-friendly urban alternatives. Can a city known for its conspicuous consumption really be the next green frontier? Several prominent real estate pioneers and a pro-sustainability mayor think so. More

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