HVAC equipment prices likely to increase in 2011
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The earthquake in Chile may impact the cost of copper-laden goods around the world, including HVAC equipment, which uses copper for many components, because Chile is the largest exporter of copper in the world. More
AFE will be in Vegas from October 5-6, 2010!
AFE signed an agreement last week to co-locate this year’s Facilities America (AFE) with Facility Decisions from October 5 - 6, 2010 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. A joint announcement between Facilities America and Facility Decisions, including information about educational programs, accommodations and sponsorship, will be forthcoming.
"AFE is committed to its mission of promoting the facilities engineering profession through education and high quality, useful resources and technical information," said Laurence Gration, CEO. "Facilities America provides an important opportunity for facilities professionals to hone their knowledge and training and learn from each other through networking and information sharing. By locating the show in Las Vegas in conjunction with Facility Decision, we will highlight AFE's programs and make them available to as many people as possible."
Details about the Facilities America program will follow, but the programs will include sessions on sustainable maintenance practices; managing the maintenance function in a challenging economy; and managing the facilities team. An awards event is also planned.
For more information or information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Richard Stukey at (571) 203-7235 or RStukey@AFE.org.
Window filters could cut building's energy use by 40 percent
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Over the past three years, a Denver startup company has developed, tested and patented a filter for windows that is expected to reduce energy consumption in buildings by 40 percent. RavenBrick's thermoreflective filters use nanotechnology to transition from a transparent to a reflective state in response to changes in the outside temperature. The transition allows a building to use the sun as a source of free heat on cold days and block solar heat effectively on hot days. More
The Strata: World's first skyscraper with built-in wind turbines
Prepare to be blown away: The latest addition to London's skyline is a striking modern skyscraper that is heralded as the world's first building with wind turbines built in. Nicknamed "The Razor," the 148 meter-tall Strata tower is topped with a trio of turbines that will produce enough power to meet 8 percent of its energy needs. More
AFE announces virtual review class dates for Certified Plant Engineer (CPE) Certification
The Association for Facilities Engineering (AFE) has announced dates for its upcoming virtual Certified Plant Engineer (CPE) certification virtual reviews classes. The virtual classes are an extended review of the material in the CPE Review Pack, and provide double the instruction time of the week long classroom review. More
Is the Energy Star brand losing its edge?
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced efforts to bolster the Energy Star program Friday, days after a survey suggested the brand could be losing its edge in the marketplace. More
Experts weigh in: Are glass buildings on their way out?
Are the days of the all-glass buildings numbered? That was the question posed in a recent article published online in Architect Magazine. According to the article, "Glazed buildings, including the Gherkin, could become 'pariahs' by 2050 because of their inability to cope with climate change and dwindling resources such as power and water." More
Renewable energy investment may reach $200 billion in 2010
Renewable energy investment may rise by 23 percent this year as government stimulus funds mainly in the U.S. and Europe are spent on wind turbines and solar panels. Spending may rise to between $175 billion and $200 billion this year from $162 billion in 2009, said Bloomberg New Energy Finance Chief Executive Officer Michael Liebreich. More
Behind China's zero-energy skyscraper
The Holy Grail of modern architecture is to design a zero-energy building or ZEB. ZEBs use solar, wind and geothermal systems to produce at least as much energy as they tap from the grid. In some cases, a building's owner can sell the excess electricity generated by the structure back to its utility, reducing overall demand for power generated by coal and other greenhouse gas-emitting plants. Yet ask any architect and you'll get an earful on the design challenges of ZEBs. In fact, there are only eight nonresidential ZEBs in the U.S.—all of them tiny. That didn't deter Chicago-based architecture firm SOM from trying. It designed the Pearl River Tower, a 71-story skyscraper in Guangzhou, China, that will open this fall. More