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Zero energy buildings on the rise across the US
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A new report released by the New Buildings Institute and the Zero Energy Commercial Building Consortium reveals that zero energy commercial buildings — highly efficient buildings that produce as much energy as they use through on-site renewable resources — are cropping up across the United States from California to New York state. More

Nightmare recovery
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Here's the situation: Your automation system integration client is staring down at a worst-case scenario, the prior partner fumbled the ball, and you have been called in to help. With pressure mounting from all sides to get the system up and running, it will take discipline to stabilize this situation and pull out a win for the client. Let's look at how to best recover from this nightmare scenario. Recovery advice here can help end users and system integrators alike. More

ACEEE finds: Efficiency standards to save businesses, consumers over $1.1 trillion by 2035
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Appliance, equipment and lighting standards will save businesses and consumers more than $1.1 trillion by 2035, while cutting greenhouse gases and other emissions, according to a study by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and the Appliance Standards Awareness Project. More

Join AFE this week at NFMT in Baltimore
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Visit AFE at booth 2484 at NFMT Baltimore today through Thursday. NFMT draws thousands of facility professionals to Baltimore each year. The total event is comprised of the National Facilities Management & Technology Conference/Expo, Maintenance Solutions Expo, GreenBuild Conference/Expo and Safe Buildings Expo. More

Magnaray Brightens Royal Hawaiian Palace
Iolani Palace, the only U.S. royal palace, housed Hawaiian government for 76 years. In 1978 it reopened as a historic site, but exterior lighting used 12,800 watts. After installation of Magnaray® W2PL50, 50-watt, twin T5 fluorescent outdoor wall-wash luminaires, fewer than 3000 total watts, for a 77%+ energy savings. more

Unplugged: What happened to the Smart Grid?
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Replacing the antiquated electrical system in the United States with a super-efficient smart grid always seemed a surefire opportunity for entrepreneurs. So what went wrong? Asks Professor Rebecca M. Henderson of Harvard University. More

Facilities America Education Forum 2012 coming to DC 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 exposition in the country, will be held Sept. 10-12 in Washington, D.C. The event will include dozens of education sessions on topics essential interest for facilities professionals, including critical facilities, career development, environmental and air quality, safety and security, sustainability and high performance buildings. A facility tour of a world-famous Washington, D.C., building is also scheduled. More information will be posted at soon, or email for more information.

How to make words become action for sustainable business    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Employee engagement is a powerful tool for integrating environmental thinking into company operations. With our ongoing work at's Engaging Employees / Green Teams microsite, we're providing case studies, CEO perspectives, and practical advice for leveraging a company's most critical asset — their employees. More

Remove Scale, Inhibit Corrosion and Kill Bacteria & Algae, 100% Green.

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Easy motion system integration: Practical strategies, tools
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Many engineers begin with a machine motion concept in the control environment, and it's important to keep in mind that motion starts at the load. Rather than a machine builder or plant engineer following a standard blueprint for product design, the product application should ideally inform motion system integration decisions. A strategic design approach yields machines that operate more efficiently and are more intuitive to use. More

First Government High Performance Buildings classes to be held in DC area
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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

Key changes in the 2011 NEC
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With rare exception, the National Electrical Code changes every three years. While many of these changes can be considered nominal rewording that just clarifies the intent of a particular code article, there are always some changes that have a major impact on the code's scope. The most recent NEC is the 2011 edition, and the following are some of the more important changes that were implemented during this cycle. More

Prevent Bearing Failure!

The major cause of premature bearing failure is lubrication related. With an Ultraprobe, YOU can prevent over lubrication and lubrication starvation by monitoring, identifying, and treating bearings in need of lubrication. Learn How Here.

Net-zero commercial buildings more affordable than you think
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Zero-energy commercial buildings are both feasible and affordable, and they are appearing across the U.S., a report from the New Buildings Institute and the Zero Energy Commercial Building Consortium finds. More

AFE LinkedIn post of the week
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This week's AFE LinkedIn post of the week comes from Chris Colson, who linked to: "Part 6 of Developing a Successful ISO 50001 Compliant Energy Management Process." To see this discussion, or to post your own question to more than 2,500 facilities professionals, visit the AFE LinkedIn group site. More

AFE Career Center opportunity of the week
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The University of Massachusetts in North Dartmouth, Mass., is seeking a highly-qualified assistant director of facilities. To see this and hundreds of other career opportunities of interest to facilities professionals, visit the AFE Career Center. More
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