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Japanese company announces plans to build 20,000-mile-high space elevator by 2050
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Scientists have long considered the possibility of creating ultra-tall space elevators that stretch beyond the earth's atmosphere to transport satellites and shuttles into outer space without the cost and environmental impact of rocket fuels. Now a Japanese company specializing in major infrastructure projects called The Obayashi Corporation has announced plans to build a space elevator by 2050, with the aim of taking tourists 20,000 miles above the planets surfaces. More

California brewers and bottlers reducing electrical consumption of compressed air systems
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Bottling companies and breweries, in California, are benefiting from a three-step system assessment process aimed at reducing the electrical consumption of their compressed air systems. The three-step process reduces compressed air demand in bottling lines by focusing on open blowing and idle equipment, and then improves the speci‟c power (reducing the energy consumption) of the air compressors. More

Air curtains added to International Green Construction Code
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The addition of air curtains in the International Green Construction Code — the new comprehensive high performance green building code — promises energy and construction cost savings for commercial, industrial and institutional buildings. More

Automation technology to be used in infrastructure projects in South America
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Metso will deliver its automation technology to two major infrastructure projects currently under construction in South America: Belo is the world's third largest hydroelectric plant in Brazil and the TUY-IV project in Venezuela is a dam project aiming to supply water to Caracas. Both orders have been placed together with orders for Metso crushing and screening plants. More

AFE to offer fundamentals of facility management for government high performance buildings
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The first in a series of Government Operators of High Performance Buildings certification preparatory courses will be held in Reston, Va., (near Washington, D.C.) from April 30 - May 3. Jointly created and presented by the Association for Facilities Engineering and the Association of Energy Engineers, the program is designed to provide training in energy management, sustainability and operations and maintenance for government personnel and contractors operating government high performance buildings. More

Mini-Storage Facility Goes Solar

A mini-storage facility in Puerto Rico cut its 12/7/365 electricity costs by retrofitting high watt HPS yellow lighting with Magnaray® low-watt, twin T5 fluorescent — powered by the sun. The facility saves 6,000 watts per hour. Excess power is sold back to the electric utility, further increasing owner profits.

WiFi technology for industrial environments
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In setting up wireless infrastructures in industrial environments, challenges include environment, signal integrity and protocol selection. Industrial environmental conditions are more demanding than in an office environment, with extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, moisture, shock and vibrations. Industrial grade chipset have improved cooling and sturdy design to ensure reliability and longevity under these adverse conditions. More

Save the date! Facilities America Education Forum 2012 coming to Washington D.C. area Sept.7-12
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The Facilities America Education Forum, fast becoming one of the largest and most well-respected annual conference and expositions in the country, will be held Sept. 7-12 in Washington, D.C. The event will include education sessions on critical facilities, career development, environmental and air quality, sustainability, high performance buildings and other essential topics for building operations professionals. A facility tour of an important DC facility is also scheduled. More information will be posted at soon, or email for more information.

Roofing trends: Roofing in the spotlight
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The time for facility managers to address roofing is now. All aspects of public policy — from federal legislative proposals to the International Code Council to ASHRAE model codes and LEED standards — have recognized the value high performance roofing brings to a building's value, occupant comfort and employee productivity. More

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Protect your boilers, cooling towers, and more with HydroFLOW Chemical FREE, Salt FREE, Water Conditioners. Remove limescale, prevent new limescale, inhibit corrosion and kill bacteria & algae. It’s the totally Green way to protect systems, cut expenses and get a hug from your CFO.

Are consumers getting tired of hearing about green energy?    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
American consumers say they continue to strongly favor solar power, wind turbines and greener cars as energy solutions, but their overall support for clean energy concepts is eroding, Pike Research finds. The slippage is among the more striking trends seen in the latest Energy & Environment Consumer Survey from Pike, which annually queries U.S. adults about their perceptions and awareness of energy concepts. More

LinkedIn: How to become a chief building engineer
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This week's AFE LinkedIn post of the week comes from Efren Dupa, a facilities services professional from Bridgeport, Conn., who asked about the qualifications necessary to become a chief building engineer. Visit the AFE LinkedIn group site to see the entire discussion, or to post your own comment or question, to more than 2,500 facilities professionals. More

Modular central plant helps library save energy, improve comfort
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The ability to meet a fast-track construction schedule and a 30 percent savings in electricity costs were critical factors in the selection of a Daikin McQuay modular central plant for a new community library and recreation center in Queen Creek, AZ. Those energy savings were in turn a contributing factor in the facility earning U.S. Green Building Council LEED Gold certification. More

CSIA forecasts manufacturing growth in 2012
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An end-of-year 2011 boost in U.S. manufacturing along with a strong interest among companies to reinvest in production and expand into new markets is steering the Control System Integrators Association toward a positive outlook for 2012. More

AFE Career Center opportunity of the week
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The University of Virginia is seeking a highly qualified deputy director for one of its many operations in Charlottesville, Va. To view this and hundreds of other exciting job opportunities, visit the AFE Career Center. More
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