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Houston launches $23 million building efficiency project
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The City of Houston has agreed to pay Schneider Electric $23 million to retrofit 19 city buildings to increase energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions. As part of the contract, the company guarantees the city will save $1.8 million a year over the 15-year contract, or they’ll pay the difference. The deal highlights the no-brainer calculations behind energy efficiency, and was announced after the success of a smaller, $9.6 million contract begun last year by Schneider. Schneider plans to have both phases completed by August 2011. 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

Symposium on "Safe, Secure, and Sustainable Facilities" to be held May 13 in DC
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A one-day symposium titled Safe, Secure, and Sustainable Facilities will be held on May 13, 2010 at the National Academy of Sciences, 2100 Constitution Avenue, in Washington, DC. The symposium is co-sponsored by the Federal Facilities Council of the National Research Council and the Institute for Infrastructure and Information Assurance at James Madison University.

Speakers will include Barbara Nadel, an award-winning architect, author, and journalist; Richard Kidd, the Director of the Federal Energy Management Program; and Linwood Rose, the President of James Madison University.

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AFE encourages legislators to commit year-round to environment, energy independence
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In the afterglow of Earth Day festivities celebrated last week by millions around the world, the Association for Facilities Engineering is encouraging U.S. legislators to support legislation aimed at ensuring federal facilities are operated at peak efficiency. More

What would Sherlock Holmes find in your meter data?
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Let's play "energy detective." Your services have been engaged by a facility manager to investigate one of his buildings, which he suspects is "misbehaving." That is, he thinks it might be using more electricity than it should be. Your new client is eccentric. He won't let you visit the building. He won't even tell you where it is, how big it is, or what it is used for. Your only source for clues is a year’s worth of 15-minute electric meter readings for the whole facility. So the first thing you do is look at the "raw" data. More

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Roof garden growth medium: It's not dirt
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School districts, universities and health care facilities are beginning to appreciate the benefits of green roofs, or roof gardens as they are sometimes called. A green roof manages storm water run-off, reduces cooling costs, mitigates the heat-island effect and softens loud noises. Though considered cutting edge by today's standards, roof gardens have existed for thousands of years. More

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

Towers built on confidence give tenants the upper hand
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When work started on Eighth Avenue Place in downtown Calgary, AB Canada, two years ago, the 49-story skyscraper was dubbed "the tower built on confidence." Designed to the highest environmental standards and destined to be among the greenest office buildings in North America when it opens at year's end, the million-square-foot tower will have everything a company could want for employees—stunning mountain views, an accessible downtown location and a plethora of nearby shopping options. But there's one thing the building doesn't have: tenants. Not a single occupant has signed a contract, with the doors to open in eight months. 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. More

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