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Switching off idle computers to save Ford $1.2 million
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Ford Motor Company expects to save at least $1.2 million in power costs and reduce its carbon footprint by as many as 25,000 metric tons a year with a new PC power management system developed with NightWatchman software from 1E Inc. The system enables a managed shutdown of Windows laptops and desktop computers at Ford so the equipment is not running when there's no one using it. In the U.S. more than $2.8 billion worth of PC power is wasted annually, according to 1E. More

Ranking cities on building efficiency
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Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., took the top spots in the United States Environmental Protection Agency's ranking of cities with the most energy efficient buildings. Los Angeles was the star of the ENERGY STAR® rankings, with 293 buildings achieving the EPA designation, according to the Top 25 list released Tuesday. The agency awards the ENERGY STAR label to commercial buildings that rank among the top 25 percent in energy efficiency compared to similar structures. More

Avian Plus Deters Pest Birds with Pleasant Scents
Bird-B-Gone introduces Avian Plus. A small wall mounted unit that emits a non-toxic, non-allergenic scent into the air that is pleasing to humans, and unbearable to birds. It makes buildings smell good, while keeping pest birds away at the same time. Visit us online to learn MORE

New tsunami generator can help designers create wave-proof buildings
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The recent earthquakes and tsunamis sparked a slew of research into designing disaster-proof infrastructure. The latest tech to boost scientists' understanding of how these disasters work is a wave-generating machine that mimics the activity of real tsunamis. Researchers hope that by understanding how tsunamis hit the shoreline, designers can construct buildings that can better withstand the wave's impact. Plus, an increased knowledge of tsunami behavior could pave the way for more effective evacuation strategies. More

National Public Radio discusses the maintenance crisis with AFE Director
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A recent story on National Public Radio discussed a crisis AFE members have known about for years: as facilities and systems become more complicated, and skilled workers retire, the nation faces a tremendous shortage of people able to maintain and operate those systems. AFE Director and maintenance evangelist Joel Leonard was interviewed for the story. More

New 'smart' roof reads the thermometer, saves energy in hot and cold climates
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Top a building with a light-colored cool roof, and it reflects sunlight, cutting air conditioning bills in the summer but increasing winter heating costs. Choose black shingles and the roof soaks up sunlight to cut winter heating costs but makes the roof bake in the summer sun. One or the other. You can't have it both ways. More

AFE announces virtual review class dates for Certified Plant Engineer (CPE) Certification
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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

Water-saving strategies to make every drop count
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What water-saving measures are musts for any commercial property? What's the best way to tackle water management outdoors? Increasingly businesses, cities, schools and other institutions are asking these questions about a resource that was once only a concern for water-dependent companies and enterprises. More

University of Utah plans net-zero renovation for architecture building
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The single-pane windows and concrete walls of the University of Utah's architecture and planning building are holdovers from a time when energy costs were afterthoughts, at best. But with a little ingenuity, the college plans to turn the 40-year-old structure into a model of sustainability—a building with net-zero energy consumption and zero carbon emissions each year. More

Prevent contaminants from thumbing a ride
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We all know that children, especially toddlers, are invariably in contact with floors. They may play with toys while sitting on the floor, sometimes they lie on the floor to take a nap, and sometimes they stretch out to watch television - on the floor. However, floors can be a source of contamination that can cause illness in both children and adults if it spreads to hands and fingers or is ingested. More

Turnout expected to be high for Facilities America and Facility Decisions in Las Vegas
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Facilities America and the Facilities Decisions Conference and Expo are expecting high turnout for their co-located shows to be held October 5-6, 2010 in Las Vegas. AFE recently signed an agreement to co-locate Facilities America 2010 (AFE) with the Facility Decisions Conference and Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center. 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. More

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