Eiffel Tower Gets a Birthday Makeover
from Times Online
Paris recently celebrated the 120th birthday of its "Iron Lady," treating the Eiffel Tower to a facelift a century after it was supposed to have been dismantled. A team of 25 steeplejack painters from the poorer fringes of Europe clambered to the top and started brushing on 60 tonnes of semi-gloss, the 17th coat it has received since its opening on March 31, 1889. More
Energy Labels for Buildings may be Key to Saving Energy
from Building Design & Construction
The U.S. needs more research into high-risk energy-related technologies, and the Energy Department is the right agency to lead it. The DOE has a dozen national labs that employ thousands of highly qualified engineers and scientists. The Obama Administration’s proposed budget calls for $129 billion for renewable energy technology. There’s another $400 million in the stimulus package for a new DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy.
AFE 2009 Member-Get-A-Member Campaign: Who Do You Know That Could Benefit from Membership in AFE?
Growing the membership is one of AFE’s top strategic initiatives for 2009 and forward. But in order to be successful, we’re depending on you to reach out to your colleagues and encourage them to join! Only you can best communicate the value of your AFE membership. AFE provides the tools and information you need for day-to-day success as well as the long-term support for advancing your career. With more members comes a stronger Association, stronger products and services… a stronger profession! And a strong word-of-mouth marketing campaign is the surest way to promote AFE’s continued growth. Click here for the Member-Get-A-Member flyer to forward to your network of colleagues – Get the word out about AFE!
Carbon-Neutral, Five-Star Hotel Planned in China
Mayland Seaside Hotel, a five-star hotel project to be situated along the Zhujiang River, will feature an architecture style focused on sensibility to social responsiveness, energy use, urbanism and ecological awareness. The hotel is currently in the design phase and is due to be completed in 2012-2013, according to Narendra Patel of Patel Architecture, Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Google Shows Alternative Energy Firms the Way
from San Francisco Chronicle
Picking the right place for an immense solar power plant or wind farm is a tricky business, one that can turn natural allies into enemies. An open stretch of desert might look empty to a renewable-power developer who wants to blanket a few hundred acres with solar panels or mirrors. To environmentalists, the same spot could be vital habitat for an endangered lizard or bird - an ecosystem too delicate to touch. Now, a collaboration between Google and two leading environmental groups intends to head off those fights. More
Singapore’s Stunning Digital Cloud Skyscraper
This incredible pixelated skyscraper by Singapore-based Design Act was a finalist in a competition to design a pavilion for the World Expo 2010. Entitled "My Dream, Our Vision," the project uses permutated cubes to generate a spectacular modular sculpture that perfectly encapsulates the spirit of Singapore as an efficient, dynamic, cosmopolitan, and forward-looking nation.
Call for Speakers - Facilities America 2009, Oct. 29-Nov. 1, Greenville, SC
AFE is now soliciting abstracts for presentations from knowledgeable professionals in industry, government, military, public education and academia for a comprehensive conference program on the latest facilities management topics at Facilities America 2009. Submissions should be in the form of individual presentations or panel discussions. Sessions are 1 ½ hours in length. More
Pittsburgh Undergoes Green Building Renaissance
from The New York Times
In a contemporary retelling of Aesop’s fable of the tortoise and the hare, Pittsburgh is finding recession-era advantages in a slow-growth legacy. The city, which has lost half its population since 1950, had a well-chronicled change of character over the second half of the 20th century: from a center of the steel industry to headquarters for many large corporations to a much more diverse economy that encompasses health care, education, finance and technology. As it shrank, the city had relatively little new construction compared with many United States cities. But it was in the forefront of the movement to conserve existing structures and clean up the contaminated industrial sites called brownfields, becoming a leader in the field of sustainable building. That is now serving Pittsburgh well during the economic downturn. More
Automated Building Standards Dissected for 2009
from Automated Buildings
For some time now global warming or "climate change" has been the driver for various green-building initiatives. More recently attention has been brought to limitations in our energy sources. One result of these restrictions has been increased energy prices, and despite the increasing pressure for "fuelless" sources such as wind and solar, prices will remain high for some time to come.