Push begins for 'Building Star' incentives for commercial properties
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First there was Energy Star, the long-established energy ratings system. Then came Home Star, an incentive program supported by President Obama. Now, the Senate has introduced a bill that would establish a Building Star program to provide incentives to commercial buildings related to their energy efficiency. Building Star would promote energy efficient installations in commercial and multi-family residential buildings. More
Building automation market to grow 2 percent in 2010
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The North American building automation market is expected to grow slightly over the next few years with virtually no growth from new building construction in the office building space, according to a new report from BCS Partners. After a significant pullback in 2009, the market is not expected to reach its pre-crisis levels until 2012. More
Help AFE Reach New Members at NFMT Conference and Exposition
March 16-18, Baltimore Convention Center
Just two hours of your time at NFMT can make a huge difference in helping AFE to get its message out to potential members and sponsors. AFE will have a booth on the exhibit floor (booth #1869). This is a great opportunity for us to build the organization—simply by representing AFE for just a two hours. We'll provide you with information to hand out to attendees, and AFE staff and volunteer leadership will be on hand to answer questions. We just need you to talk to show attendees the benefits of belonging to AFE from a member standpoint!
If you're willing to help out for just two hours, please email Wayne Carley at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at (571) 203-7237.
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A tall order: Serious materials to retrofit Empire State Building's windows
How do you upgrade the windows in one of the world's best-known buildings without altering the look of the structure or discarding its 26,000 panes of existing glass? That was the challenge for green building materials manufacturer Serious Materials, which has devised a way to super-insulate the 6,514 double-hung windows in the Empire State Building and as much as quadruple their thermal performance—an improvement that is expected to reduce energy costs by more than $400,000 a year. More
AFE signs Media Partnership Agreement with Sustainable Hospitals Conference, April 28-30 in Austin, Texas
Recognizing the need to reduce costs, conserve energy, and create a healthy environment for patients and employees, AFE has signed a Media Partnership Agreement with the Sustainable Hospitals Conference, April 28-30 in Austin, Texas. Among the distinguished speaking faculty for the program are Bob Bonar, President and CEO of Dell Children's Medical Center in Austin, the only Platinum LEED® certified sustainable hospital in the country. The Program will also include dozens of other speakers, as well as a tour of Dell Children's Medical Center. AFE members will receive a $400 discount if registered by March 19. More
Wiping out graffiti? Here's an app for that
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The old school practice of American graffiti may have met its match in some high-tech prevention programs designed to spot, report and remove the blight from city and private property. The latest weapon comes in the form of an iPhone application, developed by a Los Angeles company, that will allow cities to catalog graffiti, dispatch cleanup crews and provide key evidence to police. More
Loan to kick-start U.S. solar thermal industry
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A massive $1.37 billion loan guarantee that the U.S. Department of Energy granted to Brightsource Energy could help clear the way for more than 15 gigawatts of solar projects in California and could be the key to launching a new solar thermal industry in the United States. More
Dubai: Inside the world's tallest building
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More than a dozen people filed into the dark elevator, ready to be whisked up 1,483 feet to the observation deck of the newly minted tallest building in the world. The smooth 60-second ride delivered us to the Burj Khalifa's 124th floor. People of all ages were making their way around the viewing platform's floor-to-ceiling windows, soaking up the 360-degree views of Dubai at night. This trip up the tower was the hottest ticket in town—until the very next day. More
Call made for better metrics for energy savings
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A Michigan State University professor says if the world is to make better decisions when it comes to developing new energy sources, it needs to have better methods of measuring progress toward its energy goals. Just how well are we doing at developing alternatives to fossil fuels? More
AFE corporate partners support facilities engineering education
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.