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Heat-reflecting windows to slash Empire State emissions
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The green makeover of one America's most iconic buildings, the Empire State Building, is to continue with a major new energy efficiency project that will see all of the skyscraper's 6,500 windows retrofitted with a new form of insulating glass. The current double glazed windows will be taken out, and the existing insulating materials between their two panes will be replaced with a film that has been developed by insulation firm Southwall. Dubbed the Heat Mirror, the insulating film works by increasing the number of cavities within a double-glazed window, to help trap the building's heat and block heat from the sun. More

How good is your emergency lighting?
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The issue of liability faces every building owner and facility manager, regardless of the type of facility or the number of people who occupy it. Everyone knows that emergency lighting equipment is mandated by various federal, state and local safety and electrical codes. But too often, this equipment is installed and forgotten. 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

Fire protection: A three-layered approach
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When thinking about life and property safety during a fire, what comes to mind? Smoke alarms, sprinkler systems, and fire extinguishers? Although these systems are beneficial, they are not perfect. Human error, faulty wiring, failed water supplies and other factors can contribute to system failure. A thorough fire protection plan for educational and healthcare facilities should include three critical layers: detection, suppression, and building compartmentation. This article will discuss these three layers of protection as a balanced approach to fire safety, as well as the role of specialized materials such as fire-rated glazing for effective compartmentation. More

San Francisco's W Hotel makes LEED history
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The four-diamond W San Francisco hotel has made history by earning the first LEED certification for an existing building belonging to a major hotel brand. According to Yahoo Finance, the hotel's LEED silver certification makes it only the seventh hotel in the U.S. to receive the recognition. More

Sponsorship opportunities available for AFE's Facilities Decisions Conference in Las Vegas
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Want to take advantage of an opportunities to assist the facilities engineering community while highlighting your company’s products and services? Sponsorships are now available for the 2010 Facilities America, to be co-located with the Facility Decisions Conference and Expo from October 5 - 6, 2010 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. Learn more about this exciting opportunity.

Liberty Tower: A storied skyscraper with much to celebrate
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It's a big birthday for a co-op with an eventful history. Liberty Tower, a 33-story neo-Gothic skyscraper adorned with terra-cotta gargoyles, birds, alligators and flowers, is celebrating not only its 100th year but also the completion of a US$5 million repair job on its façade, which was damaged by the 2001 collapse of the nearby World Trade Center. It was built in 1909-10 as office space and converted to a residential co-op 32 years ago. The building’s architect was Henry Ives Cobb, who also designed other early skyscrapers. The slender tower was designated a city landmark in 1982 and added to the National Register of Historic Places a year later. More

Need for Certified Plant Engineer (CPE) and other AFE Certifications on the rise
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As buildings become leaner and greener, and systems become more complex, it is more important than ever for facilities engineers and their staff to keep up with the latest developments in the profession—and AFE Certification is a great way to do just that. Learn more about AFE Certification.

New opportunities to improve commercial building energy efficiency
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As part of an ongoing effort to reduce energy use in new and existing commercial buildings, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) invites commercial building owners, operators, and technical experts to join its Commercial Building Partnerships (CBP) initiative. More

Marriott promises 300 LEED hotels by 2015
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Marriott International, a green leader in the hospitality industry, plans to grow its portfolio of eco-friendly properties to a total of 300 LEED-certified hotels in the next five years, the company said. Currently, 40 hotels across the company's nine Marriott International brands are certified or registered as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design projects under the standards developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. More

Proposed grid could make offshore wind power more reliable
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The energy needs of the entire human population could potentially be met by converting wind energy to electricity. While offshore wind power resources are abundant, wind turbines are currently unable to provide steady power due to natural fluctuations in wind direction and strength. More

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