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Showing the benefits of 'green' retrofits
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The practice of retrofitting buildings with simple, environmentally friendly technology like more efficient boilers and better quality windows has been around for years, but there is little research on how much energy these changes actually save—and by extension, how much money they can save landlords and lenders. In an effort to supply that information, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the German bank, is financing the creation of a public database of several hundred retrofitted buildings in New York City and a companion report to determine the savings from such moves. More

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Registration now open for AFE's Facilities America Conference
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AFE's Facilities America Conference, to be co-located with the Facility Decisions Conference & Expo, announced that free registration is open for the event to be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center October 5-6, 2010. Topics for the education sessions include best practices for sustainability, management strategies, energy and water cost savings, occupant safety, building efficiency, and other relevant topics for today's facilities professionals. Free registration is available to AFE members and other facilities engineering, operations and maintenance professionals. More

Recession? Not for skilled maintenance workers
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In the midst of double digit unemployment, a plant engineer for a major company says he's still having trouble finding skilled maintenance people. He's not alone. National Public Radio recently reported the pool of skilled engineering and technical workers who can build and maintain critical infrastructure is dwindling—and is likely to get worse as green and sustainable systems require greater knowledge and experience. More

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

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

New study explores value of 'recycling' old buildings
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The National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Cascadia Green Building Council based in Seattle, and the Green Building Services sustainable development consultancy of Portland, Ore., have launched a study to quantify the economic and environmental value of reusing existing buildings. Adaptive reuse—giving new life and purpose to old buildings—is not new. More

Chapter 13 golf outing to provide scholarship funds
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The 22nd Chapter 13 Golf Outside, to be held July 19, at the Hudson Golf Club in Hudson, Wis., will provide scholarship funds for students pursuing a career in facilities related work. The sponsorship of holes and cash donations provide revenues to support this effort. Hole sponsorships are available for $250 before June 30 or $275 after July 1. More

Solar panels can attract breeding water insects ... but scientists propose a simple fix
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Solar power might be nature's most plentiful and benign source of energy, but shiny dark solar cells can lure water insects away from critical breeding areas, a Michigan State University scientist and colleagues warn. Applying white grids or other methods to break up the polarized reflection of light, however, makes mayflies and other aquatic insects far less likely to deposit eggs on the panels thinking that they are water, the group discovered. More

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Survey: Many companies looking to cut energy costs
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More than two-thirds of the world's companies expect energy prices to rise, and many have made or are considering efforts to cut facilities costs with retrofits, according to recent survey. More

Sticky rice is 1,500 year old secret to super-strong Chinese buildings
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Sticky rice, which has been a staple of the Chinese diet for centuries, also played a huge role in the construction of their ultra-durable cities and walls. The glutinous side dish has been used since the Ming Dynasty to create a super-strong mortar that has helped keep ancient buildings intact and resisted earthquakes. Scientists recently discovered what it is about glutinous rice that creates the super-strength mortar, and have also determined that sticky rice mortar is the best available material to restore ancient and historic buildings. More

Bank of America building: A new green standard?
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If you're planning to visit the brand new Bank of America (BOA) building in midtown Manhattan, make sure not to use any Purell before you go. The 8,000 people who work in the crystal-shaped, glass skyscraper may not object to the ubiquitous hand sanitizer, but the building itself would. The tower's air circulation system is equipped with sensors to detect what are known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and a rapidly evaporating substance like Purell is full of them. More

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