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Using ice to cool down the grid
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Over the next few weeks, a consortium of municipal utilities in California will begin retrofitting government offices and commercial properties with systems that use ice made at night to replace air-conditioning during the day. It's part of a pilot program for the devices, which are built by Windsor, Colo.-based Ice Energy. If widely deployed, they could reduce fuel consumption by utilities by up to 30 percent and put off the need for new power plants. More

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LEDs poised to outshine all others in $4.4 billion lighting market
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Dutch giant Royal Philips Electronics took the wraps off its 12-watt EnduraLED light bulb at the Lightfair International tradeshow and heralded the latest addition to its EnduraLED line as the "industry's first" light emitting diodes replacement for the commonly used 60-watt incandescent light bulb, bringing a new measure of energy efficiency to everyday lighting applications at work and in the home. More

Webinar: How to stop water costs from draining your HVAC system operating budget
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Do you think energy is still the biggest cost of operating your HVAC commercial building HVAC system? Recent droughts and the need to expand municipal water supplies to support growth have led to increased water costs nationwide. Join us on May 26, 2010 at 2:00 PM Eastern for an AFE webinar that will identify ways to reduce water consumption and associated costs in HVAC systems. Dan Weimar, Engineering Manager, SE at Chem-Aqua and a recognized leader in the field of water treatment, will be the presenter. More

Everything you need to know about daylighting
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The current state of the economy has companies more concerned with maximizing budgets, while global warming and concern for the environment has put anything viewed as "green" or "sustainable" in high demand. With those factors in mind, more and more organizations are looking to implement tactics—such as recycling programs, transportation initiatives and building upgrades—that will allow them to save money and show a commitment to the environment. 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


AFE Sponsors to Receive Free Sponsorship for Facilities America Conference in Las Vegas
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To increase awareness of its Global Technical Partner sponsorship program, AFE is offering a free sponsorship of the Facilities America Conference—to be held in Las Vegas October 5-6, 2010—for organizations that sign up for the Global Technical Partnership Program before Labor Day. Last month, AFE signed an agreement to co-host Facilities America with Facilities Decision, allowing Facilities America and Facility Decisions attendees to participate in both events for free. For sponsors, that means having the ability to reach attendees of both events. Global Technical Partnerships sponsorships can be obtained for an investment of only $2,000 per year and also include free advertising in The Facilities Engineering Journal and other benefits. Education sessions sponsorships are available for just $250 and include signage. For more information, please call Richard at 571-203-7171. More

What's your building EQ?
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Engineers across the country have begun assessing the energy use of selected buildings as part of a pilot program designed to encourage the building industry to cut energy use and costs. The Building Energy Quotient program, which is known as Building EQ, includes both As Designed (asset) and In Operation (as operational) ratings for all building types except residential. More

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US scientific body releases report: What to do about climate change
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In 2008, Congress commissioned a report about climate change by the most important scientific institution in the U.S., the National Academy of Sciences. The study was released in three parts by a wing of the Academy, the National Research Council, saying that humans are most definitely to blame for climate change, and to boot they've outlined actions that we can take to reverse it. Congress is calling it the largest report on climate change ever, and it details the need for carbon taxes, renewable energy investment, carbon sequestering technologies, implementation of wide reaching policies and the need to address equity issues concerning who is most deeply affected by climate change. More

The paradox of water
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Water sustains all life on Earth. However, it's also nature's universal solvent. Water causes more building enclosure failures than any other agent. Whether a failure results from excessive metal corrosion or the spalling or displacement of masonry or concrete elements, water is often the prime catalyst. Without proper envelope detailing and an active maintenance program, building enclosures are at the mercy of the environment and the destructive force of water. More
 

 
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