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Energy data can tell you more than watts going on
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Energy use in manufacturing plants and commercial buildings accounts for nearly half of all energy consumption in the U.S. Industrial and commercial facilities are also responsible for nearly half of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to climate change. More

Antibacterial stainless steel
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Commercial buildings, restaurants, and hotels are often prime locations for stainless steel use. Disease-causing bacteria have long been an issue to contend with when choosing stainless steel, but researchers have developed a new way to provide a layer of antibacterial coating that will disinfect and kill potential threats. More

California poised to require 'solar ready roofs' on new homes and buildings
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State regulators with the California Energy Commission are expected to approve stringent energy efficiency standards for new residential and commercial buildings. The new standards, which would take effect Jan. 1, include a host of common-sense standards designed to save energy, from insulating hot-water pipes to making sure that air conditioner installations are inspected for sufficient air flow. More

Upscale Recycling bins by T2

T2 Site Amenities offers the widest selection of upscale recycling bins for lobbies, meeting spaces, offices and outdoors. Many available with casters for easy mobility. Amazing planters, benches and bike racks also available.

How we continue to raise motor efficiency
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To paraphrase the Duchess of Windsor, a motor can never be too efficient. However, striving for more efficiency can entail examining everything from motors to entire systems. For instance, the key to greater motor efficiency is focus, says Alan Crapo, vice president of engineering at NovaTorque. The company's motors feature a conical air gap that focuses magnetic flux in three dimensions and a design optimized to minimize losses. More

Remote monitoring adds more control to your control system
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Implementing secure remote maintenance monitoring and real-time diagnostics reporting can contribute to the reduction of maintenance cost. Device performance has a strong influence on process performance and reliable operation in distributed process automation architectures. Easy online access to the knowledge that describes device performance and maintenance helps decrease the complexity and uncertainty in decision making and reduces the workload of operators and maintenance people. More

Facilities America registration now open—special early bird rates
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Facilities America, the Association for Facilities Engineering's Education Forum, is now open for registration. Facilities America is fast becoming the most well-respected annual conference and exposition for facility engineering, operation, management and related professions in the world. Highlights of Facilities America 2012 include hot topic educational sessions on critical facilities, environmental and air quality, career development and sustainability and high performance buildings. Tours of the Smithsonian museums, Leadership Development Institute and Capitol Hill Advocacy Day are just a few of the events you won't want to miss. Remaining spaces are extremely limited, so early registration is a must! More

OBR Cooling Towers

OBR Cooling Towers can meet any of your cooling tower needs, no matter how big or small the project may seem. We can provide all the resources necessary to get the job done right the first time. Let us be your single source for cooling tower repairs, reconstruction, new construction and replacement parts.
Security Up, Energy Costs Down
Misawa Air Force Base needed to illuminate one entrance gate that did not have grid power available. Magnaray® W2PT5048 Series instant-on, long-life white lighting, using twin T5 fluorescent two-light arrays, was selected. Consuming a mere 212 total watts each, Magnaray® luminaires save 80% in diesel-generator load powering the lighting.
Fail-Safe solid aluminum photoluminescent EXIT sign is a problem solver and pays for itself. Sign is pvc-free, uses no power, batteries, bulbs, protective cages, or wiring and is inherently explosion proof. Significantly less cost in new construction; qualifies for LEED points; reduced inspection, maintenance and operating costs forever. Listed and usable under building codes and NFPA®.

Getting to the core of energy management
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At its core, the green movement is about reducing energy consumption, which in industry parlance is also known as demand-side energy management. Successful demand-side management involves making energy consumers aware of how much energy they use on a regular basis, and then offering them effective ways of curtailing that use. The most effective methods for curtailing energy use are those that are easy for users to adapt. More

Designing an effective emergency communication system
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May I have your attention please, may I have your attention please, there has been:

• a fire emergency reported in the building
• a bomb threat alert issued for this building
• dangerous weather conditions reported in this area
• an intruder sighted in or around the building
• a hazardous chemical release reported.

CPMM Certification in Washington DC area filling fast
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As a plant and facilities maintenance professional, you confront a wider variety of complex issues now than ever before. Earning the Certified Plant Maintenance manager (CPMM) credential will clearly demonstrate to your employer and the industry that you possess in-depth expertise in plant and facilities maintenance management, and it will help you remain current with evolving solutions and technologies in building operations and management. The Association for Facilities Engineering is offering a CPMM Certification Review Course in Herndon, VA (just outside Washington D.C.) from June 22-24. This is the ideal opportunity to gain a highly coveted professional recognition. More


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SPEC Launching Process Engineering Forum
SPEC’s experience solving complex scale-up projects, regulatory compliance issues, and equipment specifications and installations provides a strong basis from which to host an engineering forum. MORE

Limited sponsorship opportunities available for Facilities America Education Forum
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Invest in the future of your company and your profession. Become a Facilities America Education Forum Sponsor! Facilities America is your chance to reach hundreds of decision-makers who manage and operate some of the country's most prominent commercial buildings and industrial facilities. Sponsoring Facilities America is your company's best opportunity to interact with important industry decision-makers, show your support of the industry, highlight your company's brand, enjoy Facilities America website recognition and create a buzz about your company's products and services. To sponsor a reception, facility tour, or one of many other opportunities contact AFE before the program is full. More

How to renovate energy-guzzling tall buildings?
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Many Canadian office buildings constructed in the 1960s and 1970s have something in common with the automobiles of the time: they are energy guzzlers. But unlike the big GM, Ford and Chrysler cars of the day, those towers can't simply be tossed in a scrap yard. The alternative? Renovate. More

NREL zeroes in on super-efficient AC system for commercial buildings
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A new air conditioning system invented by DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory could well be a promising breakthrough for energy efficiency in commercial buildings: a compact, cost-effective cooling unit that uses 90 percent less electricity and up to 80 percent less total energy than its traditional counterparts. In terms of commercial buildings, that can mean huge cost and energy savings. More

Study says: Almost half of big corporations plan renewables increase
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Nearly half of the world's largest corporations plan to moderately or significantly increase investment in renewable energy over the next five years, according to research by Ernst & Young. More

The better buildings challenge: Putting facilities on an energy diet    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
How can the sustainability world best brand more energy-efficient buildings without focusing solely on cost savings? That is the quintessential challenge of the recently launched Better Buildings Challenge by the U.S. Department of Energy. More
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