Vatican to Build Europe’s Largest Solar Power Plant
The Vatican is well versed in conversions, but there probably hasn't been something on this scale since its very own St. Paul was on his way to Damascus: the world's smallest country has announced it is to spend €500m (£441m) building Europe's largest solar power plant. More
For Architects, Less May Have to Be More
from The New York Times
In the construction industry, architects are sometimes like the canaries in a coal mine. Architecture firms started seeing signs of slackening demand in early 2008, and, in recent months, as the full force of the recession has hit, many of these firms have had to make deep staff cuts. Some of the biggest reductions have come at high-profile shops like Gehry Partners, which cut half its staff, and Foster + Partners, which shed 25 percent and shuttered some overseas offices. More
AFE 2009 Member-Get-A-Member Campaign: Who Do You Know That Could Benefit from Membership in AFE?
Only you can best communicate the value of 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
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Sky-Terra Towers Sprout Cities in the Skies
As urban areas become more congested and dense, it becomes more challenging for city dwellers to spend time outdoors, exercise and relax. Buildings tower over public parks, blocking out the sun, while city streets are polluted with particulate matter and exhaust from vehicles. To cope with the growing need for green urban space, San Francisco-based designer Joanna Borek-Clement has envisioned these eye-popping Sky-Terra skyscrapers - not just a single building, but a network of interconnected towers that are inspired by the shape of neuron cells. This skyscraper superstructure provides a new city layer - one covered in public parks, amphitheaters, fields, and public pools and bathhouses. More
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AFE Webinars: Top-Notch Facilities Training
AFE's virtual classes provide a one-stop educational resource for the plant/facilities engineering, operations, and maintenance professional. Classes are taught by experienced representatives from the field. In addition, each course equates to 0.1 CEU or recertification credit for individuals currently holding AFE credentialing (CPE, CPMM or CPS). Plus – it's free for AFE Members! For information on upcoming classes, Click here.
Sustainability a Growing Movement at Colleges, Universities Across Canada
from Building Design & Construction
Sustainability is quickly seeping into every crevice of campus life at some colleges and universities in Canada and each year they're churning out reams of green graduates schooled in the ways of environmental building. But true sustainability in construction, engineering and energy isn't going to come about by just dedicating one program to it, say staff, faculty and students, it's about a way of thinking. Bob Emptage, the dean of technology, environment and apprenticeship at Georgian College, based in Barrie, Ont., said to achieve sustainability students must be taught to incorporate it into every step of the building design and construction process. More
Energy 101: Where Does Our Power Come From?
Unless you derive all your power from on-site renewable energy sources like solar panels or wind turbines, chances are that you’re connected to the power grid, a vast network that delivers electricity from suppliers to consumers. Right now, most energy on the grid comes from generating plants. These plants still usually get power from traditional sources like coal, nuclear, and hydroelectric dams. But as concerns over carbon emissions, safety, and long term sustainability of these sources grow, electrical utilities have begun to switch over to renewable energy sources. More
Call for Speakers - Facilities America 2009, Oct. 29-Nov. 1, Greenville, S.C.
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