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How 'smart' is your facility?
Constructech    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Many of today's building systems are still managed independently with various departments having silos of information that are difficult to share across the organization. However, technology companies recognize the smart buildings market is expected to grow significantly and are offering owners and operators new ways to manage building systems. 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

Facility checkup: Conducting a health care building assessment
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Unlike owners of speculative facilities, the owners of health care buildings keep their properties for longer periods of time. Health facility professionals also spend more effort on the upkeep of their buildings than managers of other types of facilities because of their critical nature and 24-hour utilization. More

Member-Get-A-Member campaign offers chance to win $500 gift card, discounts on AFE membership
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The AFE Member-Get-A-Member campaign is off to a fast start, with AFE members bringing in nearly a dozen new members in the first week alone. "The Member-Get-A-Member campaign is a chance for our members to win great prizes, including a $500 American Express Gift Card, Apple iPad® or up to a 50 percent discount on AFE membership renewal," said Virginia Gibson, chair of the National Membership Committee. "More importantly, it is a way for members to help AFE grow to meet the future needs of the facilities engineering profession, just by sharing the value of AFE membership with their friends and colleagues." The campaign runs from Jan. 15—Sept. 30. More

How to stop wasting lighting energy and lower plant operating costs
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Managers of process control plants, industrial manufacturing facilities, warehouses and terminals are all looking for ways to offset rising material, transportation and operating costs without outsourcing to other countries. Lowering operating expenses can be the difference between maintaining domestic production and closing the doors. Lighting is one area that must be examined for sustained cost-saving and energy-saving opportunities. More

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Managing staff behavior is a key to maintaining benefits over time
Today's Facility Manager    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The opportunities for easy, obvious, and often low cost energy efficiency projects, otherwise referred to as "low hanging fruit," are seeing a decline in the building industry. During facility site visits, energy service professionals are often finding that the low hanging fruit has simply been picked clean. With this growing trend, facility managers may need to turn to more complicated, resource intensive projects that require a higher level of customization in order to meet energy and sustainability goals. More

Call for presenters - Facilities America 2011 in Las Vegas
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AFE is seeking presenters for the Facilities America Conference, the premier event for facilities operations and maintenance professionals in 2011. The event will be co-located with the Facility Decisions Conference and Expo at the Mirage Event Center, Oct. 11-12 in Las Vegas. Hurry, the deadline for presenter abstracts is April 1. More

Merging HVAC and lighting control for more cost effective green buildings
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Building automation systems allow building managers or their service providers to remotely control HVAC, lighting and other applications, in turn maximizing occupant comfort while typically reducing energy consumption by 15 percent to 30 percent. But there has been a traditional split in the BAS industry between lighting and HVAC controls, despite the fact that lighting and HVAC equipment can always be found next to each other in any room of any given building. More

Scientists in Qatar develop solar-powered clouds to cool World Cup stadium
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In anticipation of extreme heat during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, scientists and engineers at Qatar University have developed a solar-powered gas-filled cloud that will shade spectators and athletes from the roaring sun. The artificial clouds can be positioned over any of the stadiums in Qatar and can be maneuvered with a remote control from the ground to keep the passing sun off the field. More

AFE chapters thriving in world of sustainable buildings
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The Association for Facilities Engineering has become a major force in preparing facilities engineering, operations and maintenance professionals to thrive in the world of intelligent and sustainable buildings, smart building systems and advanced facilities maintenance and operations software. The impact of AFE now extends beyond the boundaries of the United States, as evidenced when four leaders of a South Korean facilities organization flew to AFE headquarters near Washington, D.C., to discuss a partnership with their organization. More

Seismic design tips for building mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems engineers
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Despite the incredible force of the March 11 earthquake in Japan, which had a magnitude of 8.9 and was followed by hundreds of aftershocks, most of Japan's buildings and infrastructure had little structural damage. Most of the structural damage was a result of the tsunami and not the earthquake. More

The future of green building: Integrating solar power into glazing
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Office buildings are covered in expensive glass that is usually designed to control solar gain, with tinting, mirroring or fritting (patterns of dots). Israeli startup Pythagoras Solar has a better idea: instead of just bouncing or filtering out sunlight, they build photovoltaics right into the sealed double-glazed units. This is a big step forward, both controlling heat gain and generating electricity. More

AFE LinkedIn group topic of the week
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AFE LinkedIn group managers have selected a discussion from Chris H., an assistant global energy solutions manager in the greater St. Louis area. His topic: "What really entitles a product to claim a low carbon footprint?" To discuss this and other questions with nearly 1,000 other facilities professionals, become a member of the AFE LinkedIn group. More

AFE Career Center job posting of the week: Facilities Planner, UC Riverside
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The University of California, Riverside, is seeking a highly qualified principal sciences facilities planner at its campus in Riverside, Calif. To learn more about this or other career opportunities for facilities professionals, visit the AFE Career Center. More

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