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New construction industry data highlights the jobs crisis
Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A number of interesting industry reports were recently overshadowed by the catastrophe in Japan and other world events. One sector you might want to revisit soon, however, is the construction industry. This spring season, typically a time for accelerated activity in housing and commercial building, offers a natural peg for taking a look at the drastically curbed job market for skilled trades, laborers and other administrative staff in the world of 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


Immigration audit takes toll
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A janitorial company in Minnesota is expected to fire more than half its local work force due to improper documentation, as the federal government focuses immigration enforcement on employers and their record-keeping. More

New York's tallest building is now one of its greenest
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New York's tallest and most recognizable skyscraper, the Empire State Building, is perhaps best known as the fictional site of King Kong's last stand. In real life, however, the monkey on the building's back isn't an oversize gorilla—it's an oversize electricity bill. More

Officials and operators of US nuclear power plants owe the public proof they are completely safe
NYDailyNews.com (Commentary)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As billions around the world watch the smoldering ruins of the Fukushima Daiichi plant spew radioactive steam into Japan's air, inevitably the frightening thought intrudes: Could it happen here? Could it happen in the United States, which has 104 nuclear power plants, the most in the world? Could it happen in New York, with the Indian Point plant only 24 miles north of the city?

This is commentary from a publication not affiliated with AFE, and does not necessarily represent the views of AFE or its members.
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AFE CPMM certification review class in Merced, Calif.
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Studies show that AFE Certified facilities professionals earn more than $7,000 a year more than their uncertified colleagues. So why not take advantage of the new Certified Plant Maintenance Manager review classes—and sign up before they fill up? 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 class will be held at the following location and time:
Merced, Calif., May 19-21

For more information, or to register, click here.


Tips for data center efficiency
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The data center market has matured significantly with respect to an overall understanding of the drivers of energy efficiency. Several private organizations in the United States, and Canada have developed robust standards and criteria aimed at making buildings and data centers more energy and water efficient. More

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Let your expertise shine—Call for presenters at Facilities America 2011
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Do you have expertise in an area of facilities engineering and operations that you would like to share with others? AFE is still 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 Event Center in Las Vegas, Oct. 11-12, but speakers are being selected now. More

Understanding the steps in designing green interiors
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Like a snowball gaining momentum as it rolls down a mountainside, the many facets of sustainable design have developed steadily over the last 11 years. Much of the credit goes to the launch of the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED rating system. More

Tough economy drives meter sales
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The most significant challenge facing the market is the timing of the long-awaited economic recovery. Clearly not out of the woods yet, discretionary purchases are still being delayed, as are risky or longer return on investment-type strategies. Faced with these realities, commercial property managers are turning over every rock to find ways to differentiate their properties and upgrade where they can. More

Traditional cubicles give way to open work spaces
The Holland Sentinel    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Just as comic strip star Dilbert laments his incredible shrinking cubicle, office workers in the real world are finding their own personal workspaces closing in around them. A 2010 study by the International Facility Management Association showed that the typical cubicle size for office employees has shrunk by almost 20 percent over the past 17 years. More

LinkedIn comment of the week
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The AFE LinkedIn Group site comment chosen by site managers this week came from Alonzo Marrow second, area manager at AE Plants in the Seattle area, who wrote about the Sustainable Bid Practices group dedicated to connecting architects, engineers, project owners and their representatives, construction managers, the construction AEC industry and procurement. To visit AFE's fast growing site and see this and other comments of interest to facilities professionals, click here.

Career center opportunity of the week: Facilities engineer
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Johns Hopkins University is seeking a highly qualified environmental design/management facilities engineer at their Baltimore facility. This full-time position requires a minimum Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. For this and other career opportunities, visit the AFE Career Center. More
 

 
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