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How to inspect built-up roofing systems
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Maintenance and engineering managers have specified built-up roofing (BUR) systems on institutional and commercial facilities for years, seeking durability and flexibility. But to ensure BUR systems deliver these and other benefits to their organizations, managers must ensure front-line technicians maintain them properly. A properly managed and coordinated quality-assurance inspection program during installation can help managers and inspectors identify and address common performance problems with BUR systems. More

The PHP Crossover
Never before has there been a quality system that offers a multitude of options without voiding your existing roof warranties. The PHP Crossover, specifically designed to be installed on the roof without penetrations, flashings or damage to the roofing material, provides access to areas that may be obstructed by Piping, Ducting or Equipment. more

AFE offering free membership to unemployed facilities engineers and maintenance workers
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As legislators in Washington haggle over whether to extend unemployment insurance benefits to America's idled workers, the Association for Facilities Engineering (AFE) is offering its own program to help unemployed facilities engineers and maintenance workers: a free, six-month membership. More

How a reliability engineer improves reliability
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International standards define reliability as the probability that a unit will perform its required functions, without failure for a specified time period when used under specified conditions. The reliability of an asset is set in the design phase of that unit's life. Of course, the production phase can introduce changes to the design reliability, normally reducing it. This is the delivered reliability. Then the asset must be installed, introducing the uncertainties of quality of workmanship and oversight. After installation, the power is applied and the asset is activated and operated, creating even more uncertainty as to the actual reliability on the shop floor. When the asset has a problem, the thoroughness and quality of the maintenance performed to restore it to its original state can also vary. All of these elements affect the achieved reliability of an asset. More

AFE sponsors National Facilities Management & Technology Conference/Expo (NFM&T)
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AFE is sponsoring the NFMT 2010 Conference program to be held March 16-18 in Baltimore. The program features pre-conference workshops and 100 educational sessions in 12 tracks, with CEUs available. The expo showcases more than 500 leading companies and their products and services. Products include: access control and security; ADA; building automation; carpet care; energy management; restroom/plumbing; roofing; sustainable solutions/LEED products; and more. The Building Services Pavilion showcases firms that can provide solutions on a contract or project basis, such as total facility management, energy services, and HVAC maintenance. More

The USGBC's top 10 lists of green building bills
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The U.S. Green Building Council released its Top 10 lists of green building legislation in the House and Senate today and honored Rep. Ben Chandler and Sen. Olympia Snowe for supporting energy efficiency and sustainable design in the buildings. The USGBC's announcement comes just a year after the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was signed into law. More

Avian Plus Deters Pest Birds with Pleasant Scents
Bird-B-Gone introduces Avian Plus. A small wall mounted unit that emits a non-toxic, non-allergenic scent into the air that is pleasing to humans, and unbearable to birds. It makes buildings smell good, while keeping pest birds away at the same time. Visit us online to learn MORE

Ground breaks on $1.5 billion LAX renovation
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The most expensive building project in Los Angeles municipal history recently broke ground when construction started on the $1.55 billion Bradley West Terminal project at Los Angeles International Airport. More

No more power lines?
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Abundant solar and wind power lies across America's vast plains and deserts, but getting that distant renewable energy to cities without wrecking vistas and raising lawsuits over transmission lines is a sizable hurdle for green-leaning utility companies. Thousands of miles of towering electrical lines will be needed before big alternative energy projects can take hold. Yet such power lines portend years of legal snarls over the not-in-my-backyard problem. Into this fray comes Phil Harris and his pioneering plan to use underground superconducting cables that will be both hidden from view and more efficient than traditional lines. Harris wants to build a virtually invisible network that would create a national renewable energy hub located in the Southwest. More

Fail-Safe solid aluminum photoluminescent EXIT sign is a problem solver and pays for itself. Sign is pvc-free, uses no power, batteries, bulbs, protective cages, or wiring and is inherently explosion proof. Significantly less cost in new construction; qualifies for LEED points; reduced inspection, maintenance and operating costs forever. Listed and usable under building codes and NFPA®.

AFE corporate partners support facilities engineering education
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AFE's Global Technical Partners play a direct and significant role in promoting the personal and professional success of AFE members. Their support allows AFE to offer ongoing training and education, certification courses and other valuable technical resources AFE members need to deal with everyday issues on the job. Not surprisingly, the majority of AFE members and certified professionals indicate they're more likely to do business with an AFE Global Technical Partner than their competitors. To learn how to become an AFE Global Technical Partner and reach more than 40,000 facilities professionals, click here or contact AFE at (571) 203-7235.

Waste could generate up to 7 percent of electricity in Spain
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Researchers from the University of Zaragoza have calculated the energy and economic potential of urban solid waste, sludge from water treatment plants and livestock slurry for generating electricity in Spain. These residues are alternative sources of renewable energy, which are more environmentally friendly and, in the case of solid urban waste, more cost effective. More

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