World's largest medical center now among most energy efficient
Houston-based Texas Medical Center, the largest in the world, recently celebrated the completion of an energy-efficient, 48-megawatt combined heat and power system, according to news from the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The Medical Center projects that the new system, funded in part by a $10 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant, will help save about $200 million in energy costs over the next 15 years. More
San Diego engineer's Joplin research could make buildings safer
Some 140 people were killed, hundreds injured and dozens more unaccounted for after that devastating tornado ripped through Joplin, Mo. Now a San Diego engineer is headed to Joplin so he can take a look at the damage. More
Patents: 10 things engineers should know
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Here are 10 tips every engineer should know about patent applications and patent law, including what not to do if you suspect infringement.
1. What is a patent? Simply put, it's an agreement under which the federal government grants you a time-limited monopoly for your invention. It is a common misconception that a patent gives the inventor the right to practice his or her own invention. More
National Institute of Building Sciences Council urges president and congress to prioritize building industry concerns
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A new report from the National Institute of Building Sciences Consultative Council identifies five primary areas of concern regarding the nation's buildings and infrastructure, and provides recommendations for action. Topics include: Defining high-performance and common metrics; energy and water efficiency; codes and standards adoption and enforcement; sustainability and education and training. More
First fuel cell to power residential building in New York installed in Roosevelt Island
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The Octagon, a LEED Silver 500-unit apartment community on Roosevelt Island, made green history by becoming the first residential building in the State of New York to be powered and heated by a 400 kilowatt fuel cell from UTC Power. More
Energy-efficient lights to gain from incandescent ban
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The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 dictates the phase-out of the incandescent light bulb starting in 2012. The bill does not specifically ban incandescent lights; You will still be able to buy any incandescent light that can meet the acts efficiency specification of a 25 percent improvement in incandescent-light output. More
Managers discuss strategies for building an operating budget
Successfully building a budget not only helps managers shape their annual financial outlook; it also enables them to take an in-depth look at facilities, personnel and equipment to identify cost-cutting measures that align with their organizations' missions. More
AFE members offers free education sessions, networking events at Facilities America in Las Vegas; registration for the Oct. 11-12 event will open on June 3
The Association for Facilities Engineering announced that registration will open on June 3 for the Facilities America Conference and Expo, to be held Oct. 11-12 at the Mirage Hotel Events Center in Las Vegas. "AFE considered many cities for this year's event, but we are returning to Las Vegas because of the easy access to flights, world-class dining and availability of evening theater and entertainment," said Jeanine Salifou, director of professional development for AFE. "Last year's attendees told us that after a day of attending educational sessions and professional seminars, they want a location like Las Vegas where they can unwind a little at night." AFE's Facilities America 2011 will again be held in conjunction with the Facility Decision Conference and Expo and will again offer more than 50 education sessions, networking events (including the AFE Awards Ceremony and a facility tour), and previews of the latest time and energy saving technologies and services from hundreds of vendors. AFE members are encouraged to register through the AFE website, http://www.afe.org/facilitiesamerica starting June 6. To learn more about the combined Facilities America-Facility Decisions Conference and Expo, click here.
AFE announces certification courses in Washington, DC
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
AFE LinkedIn group site discussion of the week: Make the jump from silver to gold
"LEED Certification – Make The Jump From Silver To Gold!" is the AFE LinkedIn discussion of the week. To join this discussion, or start your own facilities-related discussion, visit AFE's LinkedIn group site. The site now has more than 1,100 participants and is growing daily. More
AFE Career opportunity of the week—Plant Engineer for large church in northern Virginia
A large church with more than 10,000 weekly attendees, is looking for a plant engineer with 5-7 years experience for its main campus in northern Virginia. To see this and other exciting career opportunities, visit the AFE Career Center. More