Choosing a chilled water cooling system
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HVAC systems consume 25 percent to 30 percent of the energy in a typical commercial building. Industrial facilities with controlled environments and large process loads can consume more than this. Generally speaking, 50 percent of the HVAC energy is used for the source cooling systems. More
Seven summer energy tips
The Environmental Protection Agency has issued the annual list of suggestions and tips designed to help the public cut cooling costs, stay comfortable, save energy and protect their health. While these are tips are designed for the average home, facility managers and building operators may see mirrors here on a much larger scale. More
DOE building guides 'can halve energy costs'
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The U.S. Department of Energy has released the first in a series of design guides aiming to cut the energy consumption of commercial buildings in half. The first of the Advanced Energy Design Guides focuses on small and medium-sized office buildings, and is available for free download. More
Managers need to keep up with changing technology
Keeping up with the latest building technology is difficult, due to the huge number of advances every year. But if maintenance and engineering managers do not keep up, they risk missing opportunities to decrease costs and improve tenant comfort and staff productivity. More
How does your building rank now in energy efficiency? Check the 2003 data
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In 2007, a team of federal energy researchers faced this question: Could their work be done on the cheap? Their agency, the Energy Information Administration, was facing budget pressure. For 25 years, it had collected comprehensive data on commercial buildings, which use a fifth of the country's energy: bowling alleys, fast-food restaurants, hospitals and more. More
Half of all energy produced in the US is wasted (for now)
Everyone knows that you can save energy by insulating your home, monitoring your energy use, and turning your electric equipment off at the mains. However despite this, researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory estimate that the U.S. still wastes more than half the energy it generates. More
Rising labor costs in China may cause manufacturers to return to US
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Manufacturing is expected to return to America as China's rising labor costs erase most savings from offshoring. Reinvestment during the next five years could usher in a "manufacturing renaissance" as the U.S. becomes a low-cost country among developed nations, according to analysis by The Boston Consulting Group. More
AFE announces certification courses in Washington, DC, area
Recognizing the strong demand for Certification courses in the Washington, D.C., area, The Association for Facilities Engineering has scheduled a June offering of its popular Certified Plant Maintenance Manager course in Herndon, Va. Herndon is a short cab ride away from Dulles International Airport, and a 20 minute drive from The Smithsonian museums, The White House, U.S. Capital Building, world-famous restaurants and other Washington, D.C., attractions.
"AFE Certification Review Courses are intensive learning experiences that require a high degree of concentration from participants," said Dr. Wayne Carley, executive director of AFE. "As such, we ensure that courses are offered in areas where participants will find interesting places to visit, relax and enjoy fine dining. DC is at the top of that list."
The course will take place at the Washington Dulles Marriott Suites in Herndon, Va. from June 24-26. More
Facilties America to provide more than 50 education sessions, Oct. 11-12 in Las Vegas
The premier event for facilities operations and maintenance professionals—AFE's Facilities America Conference—is returning to Las Vegas in 2011. The event will be held in conjunction with the Facility Decision Conference and Expo at the world famous Mirage Events Center and will also offer numerous networking events, including the AFE Awards Ceremony, previews of the latest time and energy saving technologies and services from hundreds of vendors. Regisitration for this free event will be available soon at http://www.facilitydecisions.com/.
AFE Western Region Leaders encourage members to attend West Coast Energy (EMC) Show, June 15-16 at the Long Beach Convention Center
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Leaders of the Association for Facilities Engineering Western Region are encouraging members to attend The West Coast Energy Management Congress, to be presented by Southern California Edison and The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE). The event will be held June 15-16, at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif., and will include workshops and Expo exhibits. "AFE and AEE have a long-standing partnership designed to promote efficient and cost-effective use of energy in buildings throughout United States and the world," said Rene Hernandez, Director of Engineering at Doubletree Club by Hilton Orange County Airport. "If you are an AFE member and need tickets for this show, please let me know and I'll do my best to get them to you!" added Rene, who is RVP of AFE Region 6 and President of AFE Chapter 38, added: "Visit us at the AFE booth and bring your friends!" More
AFE LinkedIn group site discussion of the week: Manufacturers' top 3 product spec mistakes
The discussion of the week, chosen by AFE LinkedIn managers, is this: "From product specifications that read more like marketing brochures to those that have just the right amount of information, architects and specifiers see it all…" To join this discussion, or start your own facilities-related discussion, visit AFE's LinkedIn group site. The site now has more than a thousand participants and is growing daily. More
AFE Career opportunity of the week - Chemical/Process Engineer
A global leader in engineering, consulting, design, program management, construction and operations is looking for a Chemical/Process Engineer at its headquarters in Spartanburg, S.C. See this and other exciting career opportunities at the AFE Career Center. More