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Optimizing your HMI
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Are you maximizing the power of your facility's HMIs and operator interfaces? In all honesty, probably not. Like our brains and our PCs, such equipment rarely is used to the full extent of its ability. Too often, system capacity lies dormant, untapped and unused—a situation few can afford in an uncertain and changing economy. More

Air Handler Refurbishment: 5 Keys to Success

Refurbishing air handling units can be a daunting task so take some tips from the experts. AQUIS has successfully refurbished over 1,000 air handlers nationwide ranging in both size and complexity. Based on our experience, we have compiled these recommendations to ensure that your next refurbishment project goes as planned. MORE


As San Francisco requires buildings to disclose energy use, the Obama administration pushes for federal action
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California's energy policy is generally viewed as ahead of the curve, signaling where the country is likely to be headed, eventually. Leading the leader is San Francisco, which just passed energy use benchmarking and disclosure legislation that aggressively pushes the boundary further than ever before. More

Energy-positive buildings inch closer to mainstream markets
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Hydro Building Systems, a division of the Norwegian multinational aluminum giant Hydro, has confirmed the energy-positive performance of a building constructed in 2009 in Bellenberg, Germany. The building produces about 80 percent more electric power than it consumes annually, according to analysis of performance data collected to date. More

ISO 50001: New energy management standard
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A new international ISO standard is about to be released that benchmarks energy management, ISO 50001. ISO 50001 will establish a framework for industrial plants, commercial facilities or entire organizations to manage energy, and could influence 60 percent of the world's energy use, says the International Organization for Standardization. More

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Monitoring green roof runoff
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Pittsburgh-area county officials, facing an expensive wastewater system upgrade, hope reducing stormwater will help reduce the severity of combined sewage overflows. Part of the plan involves putting a "green roof" on an 87-year-old government building. More

New program to protect workers from hazards in primary metals industries
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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a new directive establishing a National Emphasis Program for the Primary Metals Industries. The purpose of this NEP is to identify and reduce or eliminate worker exposures to harmful chemical and physical hazards in establishments producing metal products. More

Pittsburgh skyscraper to be greenest in the world
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PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. recently announced that it plans to construct the world's most environmentally friendly skyscraper. Once complete in 2015, the Tower at PNC Plaza will serve as PNC's executive offices. More

Real-time data for real-time demand management
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The facility manager's mandate is clear—reduce operating costs by trimming energy use while simultaneously improving systems reliability to ensure occupant comfort. Piece of cake, right? With the next-generation of building energy management systems, there's a much clearer and shorter path to meet this mandate. More

Carpet industry's recycling program becomes model for other industries
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Your assignment, should you accept it, is this: divert 1.6 billion pounds of used carpeting from the landfills—enough to fill the Louisiana Superdome—in a period of less than 10 years by setting up a nationwide network of collection centers, and then building facilities to transform the worn carpeting into new carpeting, carpet padding, consumer products such as automobile parts, and alternative energy sources. More

Demand is high for AFE certification courses in Washington, DC
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Recognizing the strong need 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.
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AFE LinkedIn group site discussion of the week: LEED for health care
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The AFE LinkedIn discussion of the week comes from David Schurk, LEED AP, who wrote: "Recent research has shown that when hospital patients are treated (and then heal) in a "green" health care facility, one that has a healthy environmental quality and connects to the outdoors, they heal faster and have shorter stays with fewer return visits." More

AFE Career opportunity of the week - Cutlery company seeking Plant Manager with AFE Certification
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A leading manufacturer of professional cutlery has posted a position for a Certified Plant Engineer to lead and direct all aspects of facilities management at its location in Southbridge, Mass. Applications will be accepted for candidates possessing current Certified Plant Engineer status and 10 years of practical experience in facilities management. More
 

 
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