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Carpet installation procedures: Best practices to follow
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Improper carpet installation can bedevil facility managers for years. Getting a carpet installation project right is the foundation for long carpet life. But getting carpet installation right means understanding some rules about carpet installation procedures. Not following proper carpet installation procedures can diminish the facility manager's credibility, as occupants may have to disrupt work schedules to accommodate repairs. 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


245 sign up for EPA's 'Battle of the Buildings'
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The Environmental Protection Agency has launched its "Battle of the Buildings" competition, enlisting 245 stores, schools, museums and other commercial buildings to participate in a contest to see who can reduce energy use the most. The agency's National Building Competition promotes EPA's Energy Star program, a marketing-based effort that uses labels to alert customers of high-performing products. More

Green building materials demand to expand 13 percent
The Freedonia Group Inc. via Consulting-Specifying Engineer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
International business research company The Freedonia Group released an industry forecast detailing the growth of demand for green building materials through 2015. According to the report, U.S. demand for green building materials will expand 13 percent annually through 2015, generating sales of more than $70 billion. More

Mr. Designer, tear down this (cubicle) wall
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Doing more with less is a common theme for organizations in the aftermath of the global recession. Some organizations are able to do more with less in creative ways that spur innovation and add value to their performance rather than just reduce cost. More

National manufacturing survey finds two-thirds intend to raise prices over next 6 months
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In a national survey of U.S. manufacturing Chief Financial Officers and senior controllers conducted by Grant Thornton LLP, the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd, there are serious concerns about inflation, as 66 percent say that their company intends to raise the sales price for their goods over the next six months, up from 35 percent six months earlier. More

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Economics of energy efficiency for existing buildings
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Engineers have long been wondering why owners would rather spend money on marble floors and gold-plated plumbing fixtures than on high-performing HVAC systems. A research report published by Danfoss North America in October 2010 offers a few clues as to why, and a webcast hosted by Consulting-Specifying Engineer provides resources for addressing this phenomenon. More

EPA backs green infrastructure strategy
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is launching a new strategy to promote the use of green infrastructure to reduce stormwater runoff that pollutes streams, creeks, rivers, lakes and coastal waters. Green infrastructure has been shown to decrease pollution by treating rain where it falls and keeping polluted stormwater from entering sewer systems. More

Green goals beyond reach for most federal buildings
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Agencies face many mandates to become more environmentally friendly: Reduce gasoline consumption in cars and trucks, lower water use and greenhouse gas emissions and adopt more renewable energy sources, among others. But the mandate that agencies struggle with most is one to convert their existing buildings to meet green standards. More

Lack of updated commercial building energy data troubles institute
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The National Institute of Building Sciences is alarmed that efforts to produce high-performance buildings may stall without up-to-date data following the news that the U.S. Energy Information Administration will not be releasing results of its 2007 Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey due to statistical issues. The Institute is also troubled because EIA is suspending work on its 2011 survey due to budget constraints, which means the last reliable data, from the 2003 survey, is nearly a decade old. 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 to host CPMM certification review classes in Washington, D.C., area and California
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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:

The classes will be held at the following locations and times. Jim Taylor, CPE, CPMM with Machinery Management Solutions, Inc. is the instructor for both:

• May 19-21, 2011: Merced, Calif., University of California — Merced

• June 24-26, 2011: Herndon, Va., Washington Dulles Marriott Suites

For more information, or to register, click here.
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AFE Career Center opportunity of the week—air quality engineers
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A leading environmental company is seeking a highly qualified air quality engineers or scientists in Houston. For this and other career opportunities, visit the AFE Career Center. More

AFE LinkedIn group site discussion of the week
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Gregory Bruns, PE, LEED BD+C, CHFM started the AFE LinkedIn group site discussion of the week. Greg posted a link to an online article that asks: "What is facility management?" Visit the AFE LinkedIn group site to learn more, add your own ideas, or post your own question More
 

 
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