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April 14, 2009
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Empire State Building Plans Environmental Retrofit
from The New York Times
Once the world’s tallest building, the Empire State Building is striving for another milestone: It is going green. Owners of the New York City landmark announced on Monday that they will be beginning a renovation this summer expected to reduce the skyscraper’s energy use by 38 percent a year by 2013, at an annual savings of $4.4 million. The retrofit project will add $20 million to the $500 million building makeover already under way that aims to attract larger corporate occupants at higher rents. More

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LED Technology Leads to Large Reduction in Energy Used
from Realcomm
LED technology has been used in various applications in electronic devices, but its use in commercial lighting is much more recent. The idea of using LEDs in commercial lighting applications has historically been limited for a number of reasons -- such as light color, dimming ability, and cost. Now the technology has begun to approach mainstream thinking when it comes to commercial lighting applications. There are many reasons why this technology makes so much sense for commercial lighting. This article includes the most compelling. More

AFE 2009 Member-Get-A-Member Campaign: Who Do You Know That Could Benefit from Membership in AFE?
from 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! More

Living Hill Skyscraper
from Inhabitat
Graft Architects has wowed us again with this spectacular living hill high rise complete with a giant green roof that drapes over the top and down the sides. Designed for a Japanese client who had tight restrictions on size, height, and setbacks, the AO Project expands from its confines and improves the space with lots of lush vegetation. More

Green Buildings Earn Higher Rents, Study Finds
from GreenerBuildings
A clear link between buildings boasting a high Energy Star rating and those commanding high rental premiums has been revealed by a new study of US commercial properties. The study, commissioned by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and carried out by researchers from Maastricht University and the University of California, Berkeley, is thought to be the first to confirm the case for landlords making their properties more energy efficient. More

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New AFE Webinar: How to do More with Less – Find Out How Maintenance Can Sustain Downsizing Without Sacrificing Quality of Service.
from AFE
The current economic downturn is causing problems worldwide. Corporate executives have to take immediate cost reduction measures. Since maintenance is perceived as an expense, it is high on the hit list. It is easier for senior management to take a slash and dash approach and mandate a corporate wide percentage based budget cut. However, this approach imposes a major problem on the maintenance department. The work load for maintenance usually stays the same, except now they have fewer resources to accomplish the same.

This seminar will teach you how to sustain downsizing and do more with fewer resources without sacrificing the quality of service provided by your department. You can accomplish this by improving the work process flow and introducing appropriate technologies where applicable such as computerized maintenance management, mobile, barcode and RFID, etc.

To be held April 15 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. For more information and to register click here.

In Big Green Push, Australia Thinks Too Small on Solar
from Reuters
At first glance, a new day seems to be dawning for the overshadowed solar sector in Australia, the world's sunniest continent. The government is pushing through a carbon trading scheme that will penalise big greenhouse gas emitters; a major piece of renewables legislation is due for approval within months, setting a target of 20 percent green energy by 2020. More

Call for Speakers - Facilities America 2009, Oct. 29-Nov. 1, Greenville, SC
from AFE
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

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World's Fastest Elevators for China's Tallest Skyscraper
from Construction & Maintenance
German elevator manufacturer ThyssenKrupp has installed the world's fastest double-deck systems in the 492 meter Shanghai World Financial Center in China. After three years of planning, production and installation, ThyssenKrupp Elevator has created a particularly fast method of passenger transportation in the Shanghai World Financial Center, the tallest building in China and currently the third-highest building in the world. The four double-deck elevators each comprise two cabs attached one on top of the other, each with a capacity of 2,000 kilos, and serve a sky lobby at a height of 240 meters. Visitors can now get there at record speed: traveling at a top speed of ten meters per second (36 km/h), the systems in the new Shanghai World Financial Center are the fastest double-deck elevators in the world. More

U.K.: Blade Skyscraper Ready for Launch
from BBC
A £32m skyscraper, the tallest in Reading, is to open later this month. Standing at 420ft (128m), the Blade towers over the town centre, replacing the 12-storey Thames Tower as the focal point of the town. Lead developer PMB Holdings believe London businesses can more than halve their business costs by relocating to the 'iconic' building. The Blade will open for business at the end of April and developers are "quietly confident" of its success. More




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