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Five ways to cut operational costs
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According to Lennox Industries, the fastest, easiest path to reducing an organization's operational costs is to upgrade its buildings' HVAC systems. Improvements to commercial heating, cooling and ventilation equipment provide both immediate and long-term benefits, including lower energy bills, fewer service calls and less downtime. These savings can be significant, but the key to achieving them is system verification—proof that the system is providing the benefits it was designed for and working the way it should. More

Green LEDs for efficient lighting
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A new approach to fabricating light-emitting diodes (LEDs) could be used to increase their efficiency by 20 percent while yielding higher-quality light than conventional LEDs. Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo., have demonstrated the approach by making a yellow-green LED that could soon be combined with other colored LEDs to yield white light. The new LED could help replace current, inefficient methods of generating white light. 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

Best choice of sponsorship opportunities still available for Facilities America, October 5-6 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.

AFE to conduct webinar on reducing water costs in building HVAC systems
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If your facility is like many others, water costs have increased dramatically in recent years. One way to reduce those costs is by finding ways to reduce the use of water by your facility’s HVAC system, as detailed in an upcoming (May/June) article in The Facilities Engineering Journal. AFE is also conducting a webinar on Reducing Water Costs in Building HVAC Systems on May 26, 2010 at 2 pm ET. Space is limited, so act quickly. More

'Smart meters' save electricity
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Implementing "smart metering solutions" with tiered electricity tariffs could help consumers to save money by controlling power use while reducing load-shedding. Jim Thomson, Deloitte's global leader for smart metering solutions, said that a smart electricity grid could help postpone the construction of new power stations. A smart meter provides real-time energy consumption data to the distributor and the consumer. More

Next CPE online review sessions starting April 21
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Want a way to increase your effectiveness on the job while you jumpstart your career? The next virtual Certified Plant Engineer class, starting April 21, provides an extended review of this material (double the instruction time of our week long review) to allow the working professional to dedicate the appropriate time to prepare. Each session will include reviewing material to complete the sample problems listed in the book. All participants must complete the CPE application packet with employment verification to be eligible for the exam. This class does require outside homework assignments. To register for the online CPE review, please contact Carol Lawrence at (571) 203-7238 or 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.

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