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NYC skyscraper is first US commercial tower to earn LEED® platinum
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Two years after its first occupants moved in, the owners of the 55-story office tower at New York City's One Bryant Park celebrated the building's official opening with a reception in the lobby. The opening party, attended by several hundred guests, coincided with the announcement that the 1,200-foot-tall, approximately $2 billion skyscraper had achieved Platinum certification under the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Core & Shell rating system. To date, it is the only commercial high-rise building in the U.S. to achieve this status. More

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AFE Certification helps facilities engineers keep up with latest technologies; act now, before July 1, price increase
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As new buildings are constructed to be 'green,' and older buildings are retrofitted with energy efficient and sustainable systems, it's more important than ever for the facilities professional to keep up with the latest technology and procedures. Earning an AFE Certification is a great to do just that. AFE Certifications increase your professional standing, strengthen your job skills, and get the recognition you need for advancement in your career. But the cost to become certified or recertified will be going up July 1. "We delayed increasing our prices for as long as possible, but rising costs have made the price increase inevitable," said Wayne Carley, PhD, Director of Professional Development for AFE. He encouraged those interested in Certification to act quickly, before the price increase. More

Façade inspection laws and practices
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It has been estimated that loose masonry falls off a building somewhere in the United States about every three weeks. Freeing, thawing, expansion and contraction of materials as well as rain and atmospheric pollution all contribute to the slow deterioration of façade materials over time. In some cases, façades are designed or constructed poorly expediting water or air intrusion. It goes without saying that façades that fail can cause injury and even death and also pose a potential loss to owners and insurance companies. More

Services & maintenance: Choosing an acoustic ceiling
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Selecting a ceiling, regardless of what type of facility space it will be installed in, is rarely based solely on one criterion. A variety of criteria usually factor into the decision: acoustic performance, aesthetics, fire and humidity resistance, light reflectance, maintenance demands, and installed cost. As a result, ceiling system selection becomes a balance between design, performance, and budget. When selecting an acoustic (or "drop") ceiling, facility managers (fms) should keep several points in mind. 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

Most Americans have never heard of the smart grid
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Nearly 70 percent of Americans have never heard the phrase "smart grid," but once they learn more, they come to expect it to carry significant benefits and save them money. A recent survey of Americans from EcoAlign revealed ample opportunity to positively define the smart grid for the public. It also uncovered several obstacles companies must overcome as smart technologies reach greater market penetration. 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

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New floor area measurement standard accredited
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The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has accredited the BOMA International area measurement standard, Industrial Buildings: Standard Methods of Measurement. The standard, developed by BOMA International and the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors, provides guidance on how to measure the floor area of industrial buildings. Depending on a building's configuration, users can choose one of the two dominant market practices observed in North America: the exterior wall methodology or the drip line methodology. More

3 steps to keeping your green toilets clean
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The largest soccer stadium in Europe, Nou Estadi del Futbol Club Barcelona, has 900 waterless urinals. Bank of America Tower in New York City has 200. The Rose Bowl Stadium, an early adopter of the technology, installed 259 in 2002. And the Universal City Hilton retrofit all its urinals with waterless fixtures. O'Hare Airport had a few but removed them. Chicago pulled some of its waterfree urinals in City Hall and kept others. What makes the technology popular in some places and not others, even in the same building? In many cases, it comes down to installation and maintenance. Done properly, waterless urinals regardless of the maker can save thousands of gallons of water a year. Done wrong, they'll probably still save some water, but they're likely to stink. More

More wind farms mean cheaper energy
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Just as Americans are finally really and truly internalizing the real cost of sticking with fossil fuels, due to the Gulf sea floor gusher, a timely NREL study finds wind power makes electricity that’s not just cleaner, but it's also much cheaper. If the Western U.S. generated 30 percent of its electricity with wind power, costs would drop 40 percent, the NREL reveals in The Western Wind and Solar Integration Study. Under various integration scenarios exhaustively considered in great detail in a "what-if" and "how-to" analysis for the WestConnect group of utilities, there would also be a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions of at least 25 percent and as much as 45 percent. More

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