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Designing laboratory controls
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Laboratory facility engineers face significant design challenges in meeting the criteria of laboratory functionality, energy efficiency, sustainable design, health and safety codes, reliability and long-term system flexibility. Conflicts among requirements, code updates and code interpretations add to the complexity of many lab projects and result in many unique solutions. HVAC system design and corresponding building automation systems are likewise becoming increasingly complicated. More

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Boy Scouts dive into engineering
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An M&M-flinging catapult, a camera that snakes through sewer pipes and the plans for a new Interstate 74 bridge in Iowa all helped to provide lessons in engineering for dozens of area Boy Scouts. The one-day Engineering Merit Badge Clinic not only taught the building blocks of engineering but also promoted engineering as a profession to the leaders of tomorrow. More

Building managers look to attract new tenants with green amenities
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When it comes to construction, it seems everything has gone green. Now anyone can easily find LEED-rated buildings that include everything from water and air purification systems to solar panels and eco-friendly materials. But aside from building green homes, now some management companies are also offering amenities that encourage an eco-friendly lifestyle. More

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Cracking the code on high-tech green buildings
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There's loads of technology available to make commercial buildings smarter and more efficient, but getting beyond a small niche of trophy green buildings requires big changes to current real estate practices, not just a technology makeover. More

Institute Sees Japanese Disaster as Wake-Up Call for the United States
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The effects of Japan's recent devastating earthquake and tsunami will be felt for years to come. The National Institute of Building Sciences urges the United States to take this tragedy as a wake-up call to ramp up this nation's preparedness efforts. More

OSHA's top 10 violations worth reviewing
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What gets the attention of OSHA regulators every year? They're usually the same issues year after year. The top 10 citations issued by OSHA against construction and general industry seldom change, but they are always worth reviewing as the most frequently overlooked areas of compliance. More

Firestopping electrical systems
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Firestopping may not be the first thing that comes to mind for an electrical engineer designing a power system. Too often, the solution to firestopping a bank of conduits is left to the architect or contractor. This can lead to costly construction temporary fixes and delays in getting a building occupancy permit. More

Taxes—and applications to present at Facilities America—due April15
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Taxes aren't the only thing that will be due this year on April 15. Tax day is also the deadline for applications to present at AFE's Facilities America Conference, the premier event for facilities operations and maintenance professionals in 2011. The Call for Presenters deadline for applications was extended from its earlier deadline to April 15 so that more of AFE's hundreds of hands-on facilities experts will be able to take advantage of the opportunity to share their knowledge and skills with colleagues at Facilities America, an event that will be co-located with the Facility Decisions Conference and Expo at the Mirage Event Center, Oct. 11-12 in Las Vegas. More

Whole Foods and the greenest grocery store in the world
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The Whole Foods store in Dedham, Mass., may just be the greenest grocery store in the world. This showcase facility demonstrates leading energy and sustainability practices to Whole Food customers, employees and investors, as well as the local community. Showcase facilities are a powerful learning tool for companies that are implementing sustainable business practices. More

AFE members throughout country participating in Member-Get-A-Member campaign
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AFE Members in nearly every state are participating in the recently announced Member-Get-A-Member campaign, with AFE members bringing in dozens of new members in the first few months 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 will run until Sept. 30. More

Job posting of the week: Central Heat Plant Engineer
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The University of Virginia seeks a candidate to join the Energy & Utilities Department in the newly created position of Central Heat Plant Engineer. The person selected will play a critical role in supporting the department mission of providing sustainable, economic, and reliable energy, utilities and recycling services for all the educational, research, health care facilities at the University. More
 

 
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