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Gas technology: Direct-contact water heating
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When you need hot water, you need it now, and you want it delivered with efficiency. A great way to achieve this is with direct-contact water heating, fueled with clean natural gas. More owners are discovering the benefits of this system for water heating that can be nearly 100 percent efficient. More

AQUIS Air Handling Unit Refurbishment

Extend the life of your mechanical air handling units and avoid the disruption and high cost associated with replacement. CPR-1 is an extended-life antimicrobial composite system which stops damaging water leaks, halts corrosion and eliminates standing water. CPR-1 is the only refurbishment solution that meets both NFPA and ASHRAE requirements.

Help shape National Building Information Management Standards
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Building information modeling is having a profound impact on the building industry, particularly operations and maintenance. That is why all sectors of the building industry need to be involved in the development of the National BIM Standard for the United States. For information click here.

Fluorescent lights and controls myths
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Today's lighting controls offer facility managers an effective means of reducing energy use while maintaining a highly productive and safe visual environment. These systems accomplish those goals simply by providing the right quantity of light where it is needed, when it is needed, and no more.  More

AFE goes to Washington: The Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act
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The ink from President Barack Obama's pen was barely dry on the Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act of 2010 before AFE leaders resumed discussions with government agency executives. The topic: the leading role AFE will play in helping those agencies implement provisions of the act. More

AFE to present webinar: Cooling Tower Cleaning Saves Energy—and your HVAC system
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A clean, properly maintained cooling tower improves energy efficiency and extends HVAC equipment life. Although important, routine cooling tower cleaning is often neglected or performed improperly. It is a labor-intensive process that requires expertise and training to accomplish correctly. AFE will host a webinar at 12:30 p.m. EDT April 19, that will examine the steps involved in properly cleaning a cooling tower and details the benefits clean cooling towers can provide for your operation. (Sponsored by Chem-Aqua to members!) More

Colossal green volcano building rises in Italy
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Inspired by the surrounding landscape, Vulcano Buono in Italy has a gently sloping profile that rises from the earth as a grassy green knoll. The structure's roof is carpeted with a vegetative layer of more than 2,500 plants that helps to insulate the interior spaces and reduces the structure's visual impact so that it's barely visible from space. More

5 tips for cutting energy costs
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There was a time, and not all that long ago, when many companies looked at energy costs as a fixed cost of doing business over which they had little control. But rising energy prices, coupled with a challenging economic environment and an increasing focus on carbon reduction, have grabbed corporate America by the shoulders and shaken it into a greater state of consciousness when it comes to energy. More

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LEED for Healthcare debuts at CleanMed Conference
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The U.S. Green Building Council introduced its latest green building rating system, LEED for Healthcare, at the CleanMed conference. The rating system guides the design and construction of both new buildings and major renovations of existing buildings, and can be applied to inpatient, outpatient and licensed long-term care facilities, medical offices, assisted living facilities and medical education and research centers. More

OSHA: Expanding role in the workplace
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Maintenance and engineering managers and front-line technicians perform dangerous work, whether undertaking tasks at high elevations, managing potentially harmful chemicals or maintaining electrical systems and components. More
Related story: OSHA requirements include Form 300, written plans — Part 2 of 1 (Facilitiesnet)

AFE CPMM certification review class in Merced, Calif.
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Studies show that AFE Certified facilities professionals earn more than $7,000 a year more than their uncertified colleagues. So why not take advantage of the new Certified Plant Maintenance Manager review classes—and sign up before they fill up? The CPMM is one of three certification programs from AFE and is designed to demonstrate that you have mastered, and are maintaining continuing professional expertise, in the following areas:

• Preventive and predictive maintenance
• Workflow planning and scheduling
• Computerized maintenance
• Return on investment for building maintenance and operations programs
• Total productive management

the class will be held at the following location and time:
Merced, Calif., May 19-21
For more information, or to register, click here.

More facilities experts needed...Call for presenters, Facilities America 2011 in Las Vegas
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AFE has already signed up a number of speakers on topics concerning sustainable building operations, energy and resource efficiency, facility security and safety, and other facilities-related issues. Although we are close to reaching our goal of 24 speakers, we are still seeking a select few additional industry experts with hands-on experience to present at 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 15. More

Overcoming barriers to wireless adoption
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Is wireless better or worse than a wired network? The answer is neither; it's different. A plethora of wireless technologies exist to suit a variety of users. Is it for every application? No. But for many, wireless can be more flexible, versatile and cost effective than wired networks. More

The smart grid's next sonic boom: Smart buildings meet the smart grid    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
If there's any doubt that the smart buildings market is finally hitting its stride, a new forecast makes it pretty clear. U.S. investments in building energy management systems are expected to hit $10.1 billion in the period between 2010 and 2016 — with a compound annual growth rate of 17.4 percent, according to a forecast report from cleantech market analyst firm Pike Research. More

Member-Get-A-Member Campaign offers chance to win $500 gift card while helping AFE
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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—and 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. For more information, please click here.

AFE LinkedIn Topic of the Week
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The LinkedIn Topic of the Week discussion for the AFE group comes from Chris Colson, Director of Electrical Services at Allied Reliability, Inc. in Louisville, Ky. Chris wrote: "Take a look at the newly available practical book discussing relatively simple approaches that improve equipment reliability delivering low cost, energy efficient assets at plants around the world!" To discuss this and other questions with nearly 1,000 other facilities professionals, become a member of the AFE LinkedIn group. More

Job posting of the week: Manager, facilities & corporate services in NYC
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An innovative e-commerce company, is seeking a highly qualified manager, facilities & corporate services for its New York City location. For this and other career opportunities for facilities professionals, visit the AFE Career Center. For more information, please click here.

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