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Older buildings get new lead-safety rules
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Finding someone to replace windows just got a little more challenging because of tough new lead-safety requirements for contractors working on older homes. The Environmental Protection Agency's Renovation, Repair and Painting rule, which kicked in last month, requires additional safeguards by contractors working on homes, schools and childcare facilities built before U.S. regulators banned lead paint in 1978. The intention is to reduce the harm from lead for contractors and their workers as well as for the people who live, work or attend school in older structures. But with the building industry already hit hard by the recession, consumers will end up paying the price for the new protection, some contractors contend. More

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Maintenance Council presents: Webinar on how facilities team saved $90 million, reduced carbon footprint
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How was a facility management team able to save a building owner $90 million—and reduce the carbon footprint? On May 20 at 12:30 p.m., the Maintenance Council will host a webinar entitled Smarter Planet + Innovative Solutions = Big Green Savings. The webinar will explore how the team developed an integrated energy and operational program that saved $90 million, and reduced the building’s carbon footprint, over 12 years. The team integrated innovative cost control solutions with the owner's smart building goals of sustainability and energy conservation. The webinar will be presented by Jeffrey S. Goetz P.E., LEED AP, Greg Peterson, IBM Global Energy Manager. The webinar is free to AFE members ($99 for non-members). More


The growth of 'energy-harvesting' wireless building controls
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For the past few years, self-powered wireless technology has been gaining traction in building automation applications, especially in Europe and now in North America. Besides simplifying the cabling run of a building, self-powered wireless technology allows a faster response to changes in how a building is internally configured—cutting cost by saving time and expense in needed retrofits. 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


PetroScrub advanced fuel filtration services help companies helps fight the "humbugs"
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As concern grows over the instability of Diesel fuel used in power generators and boiler systems, PetroScrub Advanced Fuel Filtration Services—an AFE Bronze Level Partner—uses the latest technology to help clients fight the problem. Diesel instability causes sludge to form, often with insoluble organic particulates and hydrocarbon utilizing organisms (known as "HUMBUGS") that cause build-ups in injectors and pumps—leading to increased boiler emissions and possibly even Diesel engine failure. PetroScrub uses the latest technology to test and treat both the fuel and the tank. More


Total cost of fire up
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The core total cost of fire has increased by 86 percent since 1980, a report released recently by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) found. The total cost of fire for 2007 is estimated at $347 billion, making up approximately 2.5 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP), according to the report. The complete total cost of fire is defined as the sum of economic loss (e.g., property damage, business interruption), human loss (e.g., lives lost, medical treatment, pain and suffering), and the cost of provisions to prevent or mitigate the cost of fire (e.g., fire departments, insurance, and fire protection equipment and construction), the NFPA says. More

New photosensitive smart skin could cut buildings' energy use
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University of California engineer Luke Lee and architect Maria-Paz Gutierrez are developing an advanced "skin" for buildings that would regulate temperature and humidity through the physical properties of the materials used, dramatically reducing the need for electricity. Their project, called Self-Activated Building Envelope Regulation, or SABER, would regulate how much light and temperature enter and the building and how much humidity escapes by way of a membrane made of alternating rows of cells activated by light from the outside or humidity from the inside. Says Gutierrez, "the material has become the system." More

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AFE's Facilities America Conference making plans with Facility Decisions Trade Show in Las Vegas
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AFE's Facilities America Conference is busy making plans with the staff of Facilities Decisions Trade Show and Expo to co-locate two events on October 5-6, 2010 in Las Vegas. Last month, AFE signed an agreement to co-host Facilities America with Facilities Decision, giving our members even more reason to attend. Now, in addition to the networking and education opportunities that Facilities America will provide, AFE members will have the opportunity to participate in the Facility Decision Expo and other events. The events are free to AFE members and other facilities professionals. More

New guide highlights potential for skyscraper wind turbines
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According to tabloid myth, wind turbines do not work in cities. Now a new report is attempting to challenge that misconception with guidance on how to effectively install wind turbines on tall buildings. The new guide from sustainable building consultancy BRE argues that skyscraper developments will increasingly be forced to install wind turbines due to a U.K. government planning policy that requires all new high-rise industrial, commercial or mixed-use buildings to generate at least 10 percent of the energy they use from on-site renewables. More
 

 
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