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New York floats rules for cleaner heating oil
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Buildings in New York City would burn cleaner heating oil and emit far less pollution under proposed rules. The rules, which are subject to a 30-day period of public comment and a hearing on Feb. 28, would phase out the dirtiest types of heating oil used by about 10,000 buildings in New York: No. 6, the cheapest but most viscous type pumped into aging boilers, and heavy oil, No. 4, which is only slightly less noxious. 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


Save the date: Facilities America 2011 to be held Oct. 11-12 in Las Vegas
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Be sure and save the date: Oct. 11-12. That's when AFE will host Facilities America at the Mirage Hotel Events Center in Las Vegas. The Mirage Hotel Events Center will hold all of Facilities America's educational sessions, plus AFE Board and Committee meetings and the AFE Awards Gala. The Mirage Hotel will also serve as the headquarters hotel.

A Call for Presenters will go out in early February for recruitment. All submissions are due to AFE by March 31.

Look for the registration page and hotel/travel information on June 1 at the website of our event partner, the Facility Decisions Conference and Expo.
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Load profiling: Use sub-meters, data-collection systems
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Commercial and institutional facilities' need for technology has led to an increased demand for electricity, but in too many cases, the energy goes to waste. Energy audits often reveal an astronomical amount of money spent on utility costs when energy is not necessarily needed. Increasingly, managers are coming to realize they can use sub-metering technology to identify energy savings and recoup many of these wasted dollars. More

Energy-efficient lift systems for sustainable buildings
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Calls are growing louder for more sustainability in our existing building stock to ensure future viability. In addition to ecological, economic and socio-cultural factors, the technical systems of a building also need to be taken into account — such as lift systems, which an energy efficiency certificate has now been introduced. Building operators benefit from low operating costs and their favorable effects on the property's marketability. More

FTC requires new measure for light bulbs
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By the middle of 2011, light bulbs sold in the U.S. will have a new measure instead of the traditional watts, which measures energy use. The packages will instead measure the bulb's brightness. The Federal Trade Commission ordered the change in measurement to lumens. With the change, consumers will find it difficult to compare incandescent bulbs to more efficient bulbs such as compact fluorescents. More

Green schools gaining ground globally
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Green schools foster a healthy environment for students and encourage recycling, utilize daylighting and natural ventilation systems, prevent mold, save energy through efficient lighting and water through efficient sinks and toilets, capture and use rainwater, nourish the children with locally-grown food and are furnished with low-volatile organic compound emitting materials. More

AFE announces start of Member-Get-A-Member campaign
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AFE has announced the start of the Member-Get-a-Member campaign—a chance for members to earn great prizes, including a $500 American Express Gift Card, a 50 percent discount on AFE membership renewal and more—all while helping AFE grow to meet the future needs of the facilities engineering profession the campaign will run from Jan. 15 – Sept. 30.

Since you already know the benefits of being an AFE member and have contacts in the industry, this is a great way to increase AFE's membership. Prizes will be awarded to show our appreciation of your support of AFE and your efforts to help the Association grow.
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ASHRAE 90.1 reduces energy consumption
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The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) recently published the 2010 version of its energy standard, which is expected to provide guidance for reducing energy consumption by more than 20 percent over savings realized in the 2004 version. The purpose of the standard is to establish minimum energy efficiency requirements of buildings—other than low-rise residential—for design, construction, a plan for operation and maintenance, and use of on-site renewable energy resources. More

Energy-efficient HVAC a major investment focus
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The primary purpose of HVAC systems in commercial buildings is occupant productivity, a new report from Pike Research on the U.S. market finds that the aim of most changes to HVAC systems in the next five years will be to decrease energy cost. According to the study, due to rising energy prices and the drive to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with building operations, many building owners have begun to manage energy cost as an asset, rather than a fixed cost. More

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Last chance to take the CPMM review course minutes from 'Rocky Steps' in Philadelphia
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Want some inspiration from movie legend Rocky Balboa while preparing for the CPMM exam? This is your last chance to participate in the CPMM Review Course and Exam Feb. 7-9, just minutes from The City of Brotherly Love—and the "Rocky Steps" in front of The Philadelphia Museum of Art. The "Rocky Steps" are the site of one of the most inspiring movies ever created—and they can be your inspiration if you take a break to visit them while taking one of the best facilities certification programs ever created. For more information, contact Jeanine Salifou, Certification Manager, at 571.203.7239.

Higher education rises to renewables challenge
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The U.K.'s, energy sector is changing fast as the nation faces up to the challenges and opportunities of renewable and low-carbon power, leading many of its engineers to wonder what the 'green revolution' might hold for them. More

AFE Career Center Job of the Week
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A company in Gainsville, Fla., is seeking a director of facilities with more than 10 years experience. To learn more about this and other facilities engineering and building professional career opportunities, visit the AFE Career Center. More

Green energy's big challenge: The daunting task of scaling up
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China installed more wind turbines in the first half of 2010 than any other country — 7,800 megawatts of potential power production, or more than the United States, the European Union and India combined. In fact, in northeast China alone, autumn and winter winds now produce some 17 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, roughly 5.5 percent of the total power generation in the region. That's up from 534 million kilowatt hours just five years ago. More

Not just energy's problem
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The World Future Energy Summit is a four-day event that is probably going to be the same as any other, unlikely to generate any ground-breaking construction news, just more of the usual "use-my-eco-friendly-product" exhibition stands. With the green cities session, urban areas are currently responsible for almost 80 percent of the world's carbon emissions, the pressure on both the developing and developed world to establish green cities is increasing. More

Topic of the week on AFE's LinkedIn group site
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The topic of the week on AFE's LinkedIn group site was posted by Joel Leonard, who has provided classes for Goodyear, Toyota, Talecris, NCSU and WSSU engineers. Joel is also editor and publisher of the SkillTV website. His topic is on signing up for the CPMM Review and exam at FTCC, April 4-6 in Fayetteville, N.C. To join this and many discussions of interest to facilities professionals, visit the AFE group site at LinkedIn. The AFE site now has more than 650 members and all facilities professionals are eligible to become members of the group. More
 

 
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