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Better HVAC controls spell big commercial building savings
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The country's commercial building owners could save an average of 38 percent on their heating and cooling bills if they installed just a handful of controls designed to make their HVAC systems more energy efficient. Says who? Says researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, that's who.

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Facilities America registration now open — special early bird rates
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Facilities America, the Association for Facilities Engineering's Education Forum, is now open for registration. Facilities America is fast becoming the most well-respected annual conference and exposition for facility engineering, operation, management and related professions in the world. Highlights of Facilities America 2012 include hot topic educational sessions on critical facilities, environmental and air quality, career development and sustainability and high performance buildings. Tours of the Smithsonian museums, Leadership Development Institute and Capitol Hill Advocacy Day are just a few of the events you won't want to miss. Remaining spaces are extremely limited, so early registration is a must! More

Converting DC voltages
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If you're old enough, you may remember the days when having a power supply capable of delivering dc power at various voltages meant having a transformer to convert mains ac to the desired voltage and then rectifying it. Multiple voltages meant multiple taps and maybe a rheostat. Something as simple as a radio normally depended on a (heavy and expensive) transformer to boost voltage for tubes, or reduce it for transistors. More

One of Earth's greenest buildings opens in Pittsburgh on May 23
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The Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens located in Pittsburgh opens May 23. The new 24,350-square-foot Center for Sustainable Landscapes will emerge as one of the greenest buildings on Earth. The Center seeks achieve or exceed the world's highest sustainable standards, including the Living Building Challenge, LEED Platinum and Sustainable Sites Initiative certification for landscapes, it will also be the largest operational structure pursuing living building status in the U.S. when it opens. More

Upscale Recycling bins by T2

T2 Site Amenities offers the widest selection of upscale recycling bins for lobbies, meeting spaces, offices and outdoors. Many available with casters for easy mobility. Amazing planters, benches and bike racks also available.

10 common data center surprises
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At AFCOM's Data Center World Spring, held March 18 to 22, 2012, in Las Vegas, Emerson Network Power released a list of 10 common surprises for data center managers and consulting-specifying engineers and offered tips on how to be prepared for them. The list includes information on a surprising cause of data center downtime, what data center managers and engineers might not know about that next server refresh, and the growing trend sneaking up on virtually every data center. More

Free online tool helps manufacturers assess sustainability efforts
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UL Environment, the environmental services unit of Underwriters Laboratories, has launched a free Web-based tool to help manufacturers assess their corporate sustainability efforts. The online self-assessment tool is the latest component of the UL's Sustainability Quotient Program, a system of auditable standards created to assess, rate and certify sustainability at the enterprise level. More


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AFE offers CPMM Certification in Washington DC area
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As a plant and facilities maintenance professional, you confront a wider variety of complex issues now than ever before. Earning the Certified Plant Maintenance manager credential will clearly demonstrate to your employer and the industry that you possess in-depth expertise in plant and facilities maintenance management, and it will help you remain current with evolving solutions and technologies in building operations and management. The Association for Facilities Engineering is offering a CPMM Certification Review Course in Herndon, Va., (just outside Washington D.C.) from June 22-24. This is the ideal opportunity to gain a highly coveted professional recognition. More

Greening New York's most iconic skyscraper
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The Empire State Building has long been a signature feature of Manhattan, NY skyline. But owners of the iconic edifice, planning a $1 billion initial public offering, hope to convince investors and tenants that it's what's on the inside that really counts. More

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Will solar windows transform buildings to energy producers?
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If you picture the glittering glass skyscrapers that dot America's cities, it becomes clear why the idea of using that vast window space to generate solar power is gaining traction. In 2009 alone, 437 million square feet of windows were installed in non-residential buildings in the United States. More

Limited sponsorship opportunities available for Facilities America Education Forum
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Invest in the future of your company and your profession. Become a Facilities America Education Forum Sponsor! Facilities America is your chance to reach hundreds of decision-makers who manage and operate some of the country's most prominent commercial buildings and industrial facilities. Sponsoring Facilities America is your company's best opportunity to interact with important industry decision-makers, show your support of the industry, highlight your company's brand, enjoy Facilities America website recognition and create a buzz about your company's products and services. To sponsor a reception, facility tour, or one of many other opportunities contact AFE before the program is full. More
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