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US Businesses Challenged to Cut Energy Waste
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In its first ever National Building Competition, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency challenged teams from across the nation to cut wasteful energy use in buildings in which they live and work. 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


Can the United States Get its Act Together on Offshore Wind?
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Michael Bromwich, Director of the Bureau of Offshore Energy Management, Regulation, and Enforcement (BOEMRE) has promised that the Obama administration is making permit streamlining for offshore wind projects a top priority, even as the same administration tries to clamp down with new safety regulations for the oil and gas industry. More

Green Smoke Screen
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Political rhetoric has shifted away from the need to respond to the "generational challenge" of climate change. Investment in alternative energy technologies like solar and wind is no longer peddled on environmental grounds. Instead, we are being told of the purported economic payoffs—above all, the promise of so-called "green jobs." More

Chem-Aqua Continues Support of AFE by Renewing its Global Technical Partner Sponsorship
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The Association for Facilities Engineering (AFE) announced that Chem-Aqua Corporation, a subsidiary of NCH Corporation, and a global leader in water treatment solutions, has underscored its financial and other support of AFE by renewing its Global Technical Partner sponsorship. "Chem-Aqua has once again demonstrated its unwavering commitment to AFE and the facilities engineering and operations community," said Wayne Carley, Ph.D., executive director of the AFE. More

Obama's Initiatives to Spur Electric Vehicles and Solar Electricity
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Obama administration officials have provided some details of how they will accomplish two energy goals President Obama proclaimed during his State of the Union speech: putting 1 million electric vehicles (EV) on the road by 2015 and bringing down the cost of solar power generation to equal that of conventionally produced electricity by 2020. More

How the Smart Grid May Solve Solar Power's Cost and Control Problems
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Utilities from California and New Jersey — the two leading solar energy producing states — face different solar energy deployment challenges because of their respective geographies, political climates and the penetration of solar to date. Both struggle with the same two issues: cost and control. More

AFE Announces Two New CPMM Certification Review Classes
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AFE will be conducting two new Certified Plant Maintenance Manager (CPMM) Review Classes. The CPMM is one of three certification programs from AFE and is designed to demonstrate that you have mastered, and are maintaining continuing professional expertise in the following areas:
• Preventive and predictive maintenance
• Workflow planning and scheduling
• Computerized maintenance
• Return on investment for building maintenance and operations programs
• Total productive management

The classes will be held at the following locations and times:
Merced, Calif. , March 24-26
Fayetteville, N.C., April 4-6
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New Method for Reporting Solar Data
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A straightforward new way to calculate, compile and graphically present solar radiation measurements in a format that is accessible to decision makers and the general public has been developed by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin. More

More Companies Now Willing to Pay Extra for Green Office Space
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A growing number of corporate real estate executives say they are willing to pay more to lease green office space and that they consider sustainability issues when making decisions about locations. More

You're Not Imagining it: Your Cubicle is Getting Smaller
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Companies are cutting costs everywhere they can even by shrinking those tried-and-true cubicles. The average office worker's space shrunk from 90 square feet to 75 square feet, according to the International Facility Management Association. One design firm said companies have downsized the cubicle from an 8-by-10-foot space to a 5-by-5-foot space. More

Building Sustainability Programs Placing Greater Emphasis on Existing Buildings
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"The revolution in building design" became a popular expression more than a decade ago, as concern for the environment skyrocketed among the public and politicians. Today, little has changed in regard to the popularity—if not necessity—of constructing energy efficient, environmentally friendly and sustainable buildings. But over the course of the last several decades, facilities professionals have learned that sustainability isn't just about new construction—which only makes up about 2 percent of buildings in the United States. It is equally—if not more—important to operate and maintain the other 98 percent of buildings in an efficient and sustainable manner. More

Skilled Labor Shortage for Facilities Professionals Continues Despite Stubbornly High Rate of Overall Unemployment
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Finding appropriate talent is still difficult despite the current 9 percent national unemployment rate. Companies are constantly contacting Joel Leonard, "the maintenance evangelist," for potential maintenance generalists who can handle not only mechanical, but electrical, electronic, pneumatic, hydraulic and automation challenges. Finding a staff to handle all of the maintenance challenges is next to impossible, according to Leonard. More

Job of the Week: Building Manager in Washington D.C.
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A prestigious library and collection located in the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C., is looking for a Buildings Manager with two-three years experience. To see this and other career opportunities, please visit the AFE Career Center. More
 

 
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