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Energy efficient buildings aren't enough, people matter too
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Energy efficient buildings and technologies like smart meters aren't enough on their own to cut energy usage, warns a new study. Efforts to reduce energy usage must focus on educating people and changing habits in the long term as well, says Kathryn Janda, author of the study and researcher at UK Energy Research Center. 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


US sets 21st-century goal: Building a better patent office
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President Obama recently emphasized that in order for American innovation and modernizing to take place the federal Patent and Trademark Office is crucial to "winning the future." So at a time when a quarter of patent applications come from California, and many of those from Silicon Valley, the patent office is opening its first satellite office — in Detroit. More

AFE CPMM certification review classes filling fast
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AFE recently announced two new Certified Plant Maintenance Manager (CPMM) Review Classes—and the classes are already filling fast. 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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2 Texas schools turn to solar power
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Two schools in the Pasadena, Texas, school district will soon begin using solar power systems in an effort to save money. The district recently installed three solar units at both the Sam Rayburn and South Houston High Schools. More

Construction sector loses another 32,000 jobs, as material prices rise
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The construction unemployment rate jumped to 22.5 percent as the sector lost another 32,000 jobs, according to an analysis of new federal employment data recently released by the Associated General Contractors of America.The new data underscores the challenges facing the industry as the stimulus winds down and demand for private and public construction remain weak, association officials noted. More

Employing ecosystems as infrastructure for green building
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Wastewater is not typically considered an engaging topic of conversation, much less a potential asset to green building. Yet, green builders are recognizing that water, along with energy and materials, is the essential ingredient for locally reintegrating natural and human ecosystems. More

Helping businesses adapt to climate change
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As climate change sets in, its impacts — increasing severity of storms and weather disasters, receding snow and rivers, advancing deserts, and more frequent landslides and floods — will test companies' ability to effectively deliver high-quality products and services. More

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Lean approach to lighting may lead to unanticipated benefits
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References to energy savings and green processes have become ubiquitous in our society; sometimes, people do not realize that achieving such savings could be as easy as changing a light bulb. The benefits of going sustainable when retrofitting a commercial building's lighting are not limited to energy savings. More

Strain sensor to detect damage in bridges and buildings
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A team working at Princeton University has developed a sensor to determine the condition of a building or a bridge at a glance. The organic laser on a rubber sheet stretches when a crack is developed while the alarm light changes color. More

AFE's members work for early lead in 'Member-Get-A-Member' campaign
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Although the Member-Get-a-Member campaign is only a few weeks old, several AFE members are already hard at work helping to bring in new members—while also vying for a chance to earn great prizes, including a $500 American Express Gift Card, a 50 percent discount on AFE membership renewal and more. "One of our members has already brought in five new members, and several of our other members are not far behind," said Maxine McIntosh, AFE membership manager. The campaign, whose goal is to help grow membership and meet the future needs of the facilities engineering profession, will run until Sept. 30. AFE will award prizes to show appreciation for the efforts of members in helping the association grow. More

Iceland may tap liquid magma as new geothermal energy source
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Scientists in Iceland have been studying and utilizing the power of geothermal wells for years. One such study hit a standstill when a group ran into magma halfway into their dig. The roadblock has become a blessing in disguise, and research has shown that the magma can act as a potent new source of geothermal energy powerful enough to heat 25,000 to 30,000 homes. More

LinkedIn post of the week for AFE group
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The AFE LinkedIn post of the week was sent in by Mose R, a Chief Operating Officer in the Nashville area:

"The challenge is getting people to recognize that what we think is safe (wearing Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE) is the last hazard reduction strategy not the first," Mose wrote. "PPE was the "quick fix" for hazard reduction." To join this and other discussions of interest to facilities professionals, visit the AFE LinkedIn group site
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AFE career center job of the week
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The Raleigh-Durham, N.C., Airport Authority is seeking a highly qualified Facilities Maintenance Manager. For this and other exciting career opportunities for facilities professionals of all kinds, please visit Job Target. More
 

 
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