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Maintenance is not a cost: How to justify an investment in maintenance and reliability
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As many facility managers strive to improve the reliability of their plants, several comments bemoan how challenging that is to do in an era of continuous deep cost cutting. They say that in their operation, maintenance is seen as a cost, and is one of the first things to arbitrarily cut. 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


A pressing need for design and engineering standards
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The solar industry has historically applied its technical resources, research dollars and time to increasing the efficiency, driving down the cost and improving the reliability of modules and inverters. The infrastructure that supports these solar modules, however, has largely been ignored probably because it does not generate any revenue for investors, businesses or homeowners. More

Upgrading an aging control system
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In today's no-spend environment, it may be very tempting to continue repairing your aging or even outmoded process controls, rather than upgrade to today's powerful microprocessor-based systems. More

Construction continues at Texas universities despite economy, budget cuts
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Enrollment at Weatherford College in Weatherford, Texas, has doubled since 2000, hitting a record of 5,699 students in the fall. The feat is not only a point of pride but also a continued reminder that the community college needs more room. Across Texas, colleges and universities are expanding and renovating while other sectors struggle. More

Figures reveal rock bottom energy efficiency performance for public buildings
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New figures have shed some light on the scale of the challenge the government faces if it is to improve energy efficiency across the public sector, revealing thousands of public buildings are ranked in the lowest possible category for energy efficiency. More

Share your knowledge, help your profession — Call for presenters at Facilities America 2011
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AFE is looking for presenters at the Facilities America Conference, to be co-located with the Facility Decisions Conference and Expo, the premier events in the facilities operations and maintenance professions. The event will be held at the Mirage Hotel Events Center in Las Vegas, Oct. 11-12. More

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Smart grid allows facility managers to better manage electricity consumption
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Imagine that Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison came back to life today and observed the industries they were instrumental in creating. If Bell were handed a smart phone and asked to make a call, he would not know how to do it. Edison, on the other hand, would be able to explain, in fairly technical detail, how every aspect of today's electric system works. More

AFE CPMM certification review classes filling fast
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AFE recently announced two new Certified Plant Maintenance Manager 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

For more information, contact Jeanine Salifou at 571.203.7171.
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NASA's new building embraces all eco-friendly
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NASA's newest building at Kennedy Space Center in Orlando, Fla., won't have an electric bill. Conservation and efficiency measures reduced electricity use by more than 40 percent. And with an 80-kilowatt array of solar panels, the propellants north administrative and maintenance facility will produce as much electricity as it uses. More

AFE's members strive for lead in 'Member-Get-A-Member' campaign
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AFE members across the country are striving to bring in new members and help our organization—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 as thanks for members efforts to help the association grow," Maxine noted. More

Application period is now open for EPA's National Award for Smart Growth Achievement
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to announce that the application period for the 10th annual National Award for Smart Growth Achievement is now open. Through this award, EPA recognizes and supports communities that have successfully used smart growth principles to improve communities environmentally, socially and economically. Open to public-and private-sector entities, winners will be recognized at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., in December. More

LinkedIn post of the week for AFE group
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The AFE LinkedIn post of the week was sent in by Don, who wrote: "Maintenance and Engineering Training Newsletters added six more Maintenance and Engineering Training Newsletters" to their website. More

Ordinance trends toward energy accountability
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Energy efficiency is a measurement that is constantly being updated by new technologies, but the passage of a San Francisco Energy Performance Ordinance may drive a building standard that changes the way buildings are maintained. The city and county of San Francisco board of supervisors passed, the Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance. More

AFE career center job of the week
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The U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., is looking for a qualified candidate to fill a tenure-track Faculty Position in Naval Architecture (minimum education, Ph.D.). For this, and other exciting career opportunities for facilities professionals of all kinds, please visit Job Target. More
 

 
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