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Green building: Solar panels and earthquake faults don't mix
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The Los Angeles Community College System, blessed with $5.7 billion in voter-approved bonds, had a grand plan to be a national model of green energy: its nine colleges would be self-sufficient in electricity thanks to solar, wind and geothermal power. But major blunders and miscalculations over the last six years cost the program $10 million, including $4 million for designs of solar and wind installations that would never move to construction. 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


Seismic codes for nonstructural engineering
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While most people know that earthquakes can cause structures to crack, distort and even fail, mechanical, electrical and plumbing system failures often get overlooked. People fear earthquakes because they can be injured from falling structural elements like columns, beams or architectural components like brick facades or windows. More

Webinar today! AFE Maintenance Council presents Introduction to Reliability Engineering
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Reliability is critical to all maintenance operations. Creating and planning for reliable systems can reduce costs and significantly improve your facility's bottom line. Join us today at 12:30 EST to learn more about engineering for reliability as Jim Taylor, president, Machinery Management Solutions, Inc. will discuss the major steps of reliability engineering in organizations. The critical points he will cover include:

• data collection
• failure analysis
• reliability-centered maintenance

The webinar is free for members, $99 for nonmembers. This webinar is worth .1 CEU credits toward recertification.
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Building codes spared Tokyo from wider destruction
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An earthquake engineering expert says Japan's tough building codes lessened the impact felt in Tokyo from the recent earthquake.The earthquake unleashed a tsunami that wreaked havoc along Japan's northeast coast, and there are fears the eventual death toll could climb higher than 10,000. More

Visit AFE at NFMT in Baltimore and receive free gift
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AFE members who visit the AFE booth at NFMT (booth 2375) will receive a free gift. The free show will run from March 15 to 17 at the Baltimore Convention Center and will feature education sessions with some of the industry's leading experts. More

How to select the right motor starter
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Engineers should consider various factors and different types of units when selecting a motor starter in a commercial building project. Motors abound in different sizes and many different uses in new construction applications. Specifying engineers have several types of motor starters to choose from, ranging from sophisticated to bare-bones units. More

Review existing outsourcing service contracts to ensure success
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If your outsourcing arrangement isn't broke, should you worry about fixing it? There are plenty of long-standing outsourcing relationships that seem to be perfectly adequate, at least on the surface. But a closer look may tell a different story. Facility managers often negotiate long-term contracts with service providers to achieve significant cost savings derived from a longer-term relationship. 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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AFE's members strive to help AFE and win prizes 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

Engineers' goal is tsunami-resistant buildings
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Buildings can be created to withstand the most powerful earthquakes, but designers remain largely powerless in thwarting the destructive forces of a tsunami, such as the one that slammed Japan's northeast coast. A group of engineers hopes to change that. More

DCIM assists integration of facilities and IT
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In the last several years, the information technology-facilities relationship has redefined existing assumptions to address rapidly changing business requirements. Just as IT has risen to the challenge of aligned business services that are standardized, measured, flexible and responsive, now facilities must provide IT with the on-demand resources (space, power and HVAC) that enable those dynamic business services. More

Lessons to prevent deaths during hot work in, around tanks
U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board via Reliable Plant    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board has identified more than 60 fatalities since 1990 due to explosions and fires from hot work activities on tanks. Hot work is defined as "work involving burning, welding or a similar operation that is capable of initiating fires or explosions." More

LinkedIn AFE group news: First 1,000 members coming soon?
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The AFE LinkedIn group site is nearing 900 members—and growing. If you have a facilities-related question, post it on our LinkedIn site—and look forward to answers from AFE certified professionals and other experts in facilities operations. You’ll also find news events of interest to every type of facilities professional. More
 

 
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