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Decreasing the cost of control
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One common challenge when designing or upgrading installation is determining how to reduce costs. There are a number of factors to be considered, including development, deployment and maintenance costs. Although many ideas may come to mind, the possibility of using advanced process control is more easily attainable due to the power of computers and new strategies that are now feasible. 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

Green design trends: Facility managers as keepers of the flame
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As local codes require buildings to be more resource efficient and less expensive to operate, the role of the facility manager has become increasingly vital. More than ever, it falls upon facility managers to ensure that building systems, whether passive or high tech, operate within guidelines. More

Looking for an inexpensive and renewable energy source? Harness the wind
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Wind power, long used on country farms for tasks such as pumping water, is finally heading into town. The renewable resource is producing savings and opportunities for a wide range of city folk. A growing number of businesses are looking to wind power to offset rising power costs and obtain a "green" advantage. State-of-the art technology improvements have convinced many that the time to act is now. Among them: John Deere dealers; the city of Montpelier, Ind.; Sault College in Sault Ste. Marie, Canada; and the Autry Technology Center in Enid, Okla. More

Head off problems before they start by selecting vendors who are experts
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Here's a thought that may just blow your mind: The main element of cementing successful projects from the get-go is to transfer all risk and control to the contractor. That's because, if you've played your cards right, the vendor you've hired to solve your problem, do your project, or maintain your system is the expert in the situation—not you. More

Tremendous wind turbines require extreme testing facilities
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As wind turbine designs grow ever larger, engineers need new facilities to test their mettle, measuring their energy-generation capacity and making sure they can withstand the windiest conditions. A new rig for extreme turbine rotor blade tests is set to open this summer in Germany, built to assess a new generation of mega turbines. More

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Tutorial: Hazard and risk categories for electrical workplace safety
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For U.S. electrical workplace safety, the key standard is National Fire Protection Association 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration refers to NFPA 70E for electrical safety. The preferred way to work on hazardous electrical circuits is with the power off. More

Achieving LEED with zero investment in Arizona's green university
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The U.S. Green Building Council awarded Arizona's "green" university a silver LEED certification for "Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance." The certification to Intel Corporation located in Tempe, Ariz., is an industrial technology company that puts green efforts to its entire Ocotillo campus at the Arizona State University, which nests wafer fabrication plants, support and office buildings. More

Facilities management for manufacturing
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The primary relationship between manufacturing and facilities is that every manufacturing plant is a facility, and manufacturing facilities have all of the same issues that other types of facilities have, plus the additional challenge of production operations. More

Green building rating system for medical facilities
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In addition to the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification for homes and commercial businesses, recent years have seen the advent of programs like LEED for Neighborhood Development, aimed at lessening the footprint of developments as a whole, and LEED for Core Shell, specifically designed to serve developers of commercial space building on spec. More

'Member-Get-A-Member' campaign
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AFE members are helping to make AFE a stronger organization by telling their colleagues about the benefits of AFE, and urging them to join the leading organization for facilities engineering, operations and management professionals. The Member-Get-a-Member campaign will run until Sept. 30. As thanks for members' efforts to help the association grow, AFE is offering prizes, including a $500 gift card and discounts on membership renewal. More

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 two 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 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 classes will be held at the following locations and times:
Merced, Calif., May 19-21

For more information, or to register, click here

AFE to help promote Wounded Warriors Gala at Kennedy Center
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In an effort to do a small part in helping America's wounded military veterans, AFE has agreed to help promote "Tribute to the Wounded Warriors" at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, June 27. The event is being presented as the most spectacular event ever staged at the Kennedy Center. The orchestra will include members of the New York Philharmonic, National Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony and other world class musicians. The chorus will be composed of the major choirs in Washington, D.C., and will number in excess of 200 singers. The Army, Navy, Marine and Air Force Bands will be represented in the Main Concert Hall, and will march up the aisles, playing with the Symphony to the themes of the "Armed Forced Medley", "The National Anthem"," God Bless America" and "Rocky" ( conducted by Carol Connors, Oscar winning composer of the theme to Rocky). In all, more than 700 of the world's greatest musicians will be performing for America's greatest heroes, our "Wounded Warriors." Click here for tickets, or call Richard at AFE headquarters (571-203-7171) to see if a limited number of sponsor tickets are still available. More

AFE LinkedIn group site discussion of the week
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Chris H. , Assistant Global Energy Solutions Manager in the Greater St. Louis area, started this week's AFE Linked In Group Site Discussion of the Week. Chris wrote: "To Control Energy Costs, Just Control the Sun. Facility engineers are well-acquainted with the concept of intelligent building systems. But with all the emphasis on making mechanical and lighting systems more responsive, less attention seems to be given to the force those systems are responding to: the sun." Visit the AFE LinkedIn group site to learn more. More

AFE Career Center opportunity of the week
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A leading manufacturer and marketer of flow measurement and control products, serving water utilities, municipalities and industrial customers worldwide, is seeking a highly qualified manager of facilities in Milwaukee. For this and other career opportunities, visit the AFE Career Center. More

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