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Streamlining bids and takeoffs
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The rising costs associated with running a construction business in today's marketplace have encouraged many contractors to adopt technology that automates processes. Software that automates the bidding and estimating process, for instance, can be extremely cost-effective by reducing redundancy and increasing operational efficiency. More

Air Handler Refurbishment: 5 Keys to Success

Refurbishing air handling units can be a daunting task so take some tips from the experts. AQUIS has successfully refurbished over 1,000 air handlers nationwide ranging in both size and complexity. Based on our experience, we have compiled these recommendations to ensure that your next refurbishment project goes as planned. MORE


AFE urges members to attend National Commercial Building Energy Guidelines Conference in Colorado
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The Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory have asked AFE leadership to invite members to attend a 3-day conference in Denver. These agencies singled out AFE because they know our members have the practical, hands-on experience with HVAC systems, air handlers and other systems that can help the federal government formulate the future of America's energy policy related to commercial buildings. This body of knowledge also will be used by GSA and DOE to help meet the requirements of the Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act of 2010. Interested individuals are invited to submit their credentials by clicking on the link below and filling out the form. Reimbursement for travel costs up to a fixed amount, a travel per diem and an honorarium will be awarded to individuals selected for participation.

Hurry! The deadline for applying has been extended to April 22! Questions? Contact Richard Stukey at rstukey@afe.org.
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Cisco opens doors on new Texas data center
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Cisco Systems has officially opened the doors at its new data center in Allen, Texas, which showcases a number of energy efficiency features and is outfitted with Cisco's latest technologies for building unified infrastructures for cloud computing applications. More

Merging HVAC and lighting control for cost-effective green buildings
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Building automation systems allow for the remote control of HVAC, lighting and other applications, in turn maximizing occupant comfort while typically reducing energy consumption by 15 to 30 percent (it can go as high as 50 percent). More

Daylighting sensors and controls
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While the core concepts and benefits of daylight harvesting in commercial buildings have been widely discussed, the adoption and success of large-scale daylighting systems have been hindered by technology difficulties and drawbacks. New wireless lighting control technologies are reducing the cost and commissioning complexity of daylighting systems within commercial buildings while helping ensure measurable sustainable energy savings are realized. More

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For facility managers, gaining influence means communicating effectively
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It's meeting day. You take one last deep breath, and walk into the conference room, where the leaders of your company are waiting to be wowed. You're about to make a pretty big financial request. What will the outcome be? Do you know ahead of time, or does everything depend on how well you make your argument in the next 30 minutes? More

Lessons to prevent deaths during hot work in, around tanks
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The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board has identified more than 60 fatalities since 1990 due to explosions and fires from hot work activities on tanks. Hot work is defined as "work involving burning, welding or a similar operation that is capable of initiating fires or explosions." Hot work also includes other activities with the potential to create a source of ignition such as cutting, brazing, grinding and soldering. More

New York's Rochester Institute of Technology breaks ground for new Golisano Institute for Sustainability Facility
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New York's Rochester Institute of Technology, broke ground on a state-of-the-art "green" facility for its Golisano Institute for Sustainability. The building will serve as a center for sustainability research, technology transfer, education and outreach and will provide a showcase for green construction and design. More

Wind turbines to generate power for new University of North Texas football stadium
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The University of North Texas has received a $2 million grant from the State Energy Conservation Office to install three wind turbines that will feed the electrical grid that provides power to UNT's new football stadium and other buildings along the west side of campus. The stadium, which will open in September, is the first collegiate stadium designed to incorporate onsite renewable energy. The turbines are expected to be installed by the end of the year. More

Investment in cooling tower cleaning pays big dividends
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An energy efficient HVAC system, combined with a well-run preventative maintenance program for heating and cooling operations, provide energy efficiency, equipment longevity and lower utility bills. A building that is too warm or cold, or an electricity bill that is too high, is bad business and creates questions from both management and tenants. Many people overlook the role a clean cooling tower plays in the performance and energy efficiency of a building's cooling system. More

Members help AFE, and earn chance to win $500, by participating in 'Member-Get-A-Member' campaign
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AFE members across the country are striving to bring in new members and help our organization — while also vying for a chance to earn great prizes, including a $500 American Express gift card, a 50 percent discount on AFE membership renewal and more. "One of our members has already brought in five new members, and several of our other members are not far behind," said Maxine McIntosh, AFE membership manager. The campaign, whose goal is to help grow membership and meet the future needs of the facilities engineering profession, will run until Sept. 30. "AFE will award prizes as thanks for members efforts to help the association grow," McIntosh noted. More

Career center opportunity of the week: Director of facilities in Atlanta
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The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority is seeking a highly qualified director of facilities in Atlanta. For this or other career opportunities, visit the AFE Career Center. More

LinkedIn Comment of the Week
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The AFE LinkedIn Group site comment chosen by site managers came from Craig Rutledge third Owner of Life Safety Services LLC in the Louisville, Ky., area. To visit AFE's fast-growing site and see this and other comments of interest to facilities professionals, read on. More
 

 
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