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Testing atrium smoke control systems
Consulting-Specifying Engineer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
On a recent hospital project, the test and balance agency was tasked with testing the functionality and performance of two large atrium smoke control systems. Smoke control systems often require unique testing strategies and involve a larger than usual coordination effort between construction disciplines. More

Better Building Initiative: $1.3 million allotted to green jobs training    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Department of Energy and the Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology recently announced $1.3 million for green job training programs for the clean energy workforce. The funding will support training centers that will teach workers how to improve energy efficiency in commercial and industrial buildings. Specifically, the training will be geared toward building operators, building managers and energy service providers. More

How to implement an effective chain-wear monitoring program
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Chain-wear monitoring has been a part of equipment reliability programs since the first link was forged. It is such an integral part of an organization's reliability program that it has become part of industry slang as in the phrase, "A chain is only as strong as its weakest link." More

President's 2013 energy budget makes critical investments in innovation, clean energy and national security
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U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu detailed President Barack Obama's $27.2 billion Fiscal Year 2013 budget request for the Department of Energy, emphasizing the President's commitment to an "all-of-the-above energy strategy" that includes critical investments in innovation, clean energy technologies and national security strategy. More

Low-Cost Lighting Yields High Energy Savings

Magnaray® W1PL36 Series delivers major energy savings and long-lasting, low-glare outdoor light, for a broad range of commercial, institutional, light industrial, military and governmental environs. With up to 50,000-hours operating life, and 90% maintained lumens, twin T5 fluorescents produce more light than most LED's for wattage consumed; cost less to purchase, operate, maintain, and is proven technology.

MIT researchers find a way to make solar panels from grass clippings
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What if generating solar energy at home required little more than mixing some grass clippings with inexpensive chemicals? That's exactly what MIT researcher Andreas Mershin has found to be the case. The scientist says creating a solar cell could be as easy as mixing any green organic material (grass clippings, agricultural waste) with a bag of custom chemicals and painting the mixture on a roof. More

Troubleshooting boiler operation
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Mechanical engineer Gary Wamsley with JoGar Energy and Utility Services Inc. recently visited a large industrial facility in the Southeast. Wamsley became involved in a technical issue that could perhaps be referred to as part of a Boiler Feed Pump Operations Session 101. As a staff technical leader in the corporate utilities group for a pulp and paper company, he was scheduled to visit one of the tissue mills to conduct combustion efficiency testing on two 130,000 PPH steam boilers. More

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Daylight-mimicking LEDs, recycled concrete net green building grants    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Lights that copy daylight and concrete made with recycled materials are on the receiving end of grants from the Green Building Alliance. The group's latest round of Product Innovation Grants divvies up $250,000 among five projects. The grants, which have now given out more than $1.2 million to 24 projects, are intended to push green building products into the marketplace and boost manufacturing in Pennsylvania. More

UML use cases, sequence diagrams: easily converted into executable code
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UML is the language of software engineering, and the ever increasing software content of automation means that it is a language that automation engineers must understand. There are three basic parts to any software; structure, system behavior and interactions, and internal logic. UML defines a standard language for each of these elements. More

USGBC LEED public comment period open
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The U.S. Green Building Council has announced that the third public comment period for the proposed 2012 update to its LEED green building program opens March 1. The comment period, which will close on March 20, marks the start of the LEED 2012 program delivery process. More

AFE Career Center opportunity of the week
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An organization in Baltimore is seeking a highly qualified facilities operations and maintenance program manager. To view this and hundreds of other exciting job opportunities, visit the AFE Career Center. More

AFE LinkedIn Group site post of the week
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This week's AFE LinkedIn post of the week comes from Tim Parker, Doctoral Candidate, MSBA, BSEE, who linked to the North Carolina Area 2012 Workplace Trends Report: The Built Environment as a Driver of Employee Engagement. "Employees view the work setting and service they receive as an extension of the level of care by management," the report observes. Visit the AFE LinkedIn group site to see the entire post, or to post your own comment or question to more than 3,700 facilities professionals. More
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