Green Roofs Show Big Growth in U.S., Canada
Green roofs in North America have been booming of late: last week, the green roof industry association Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, announced the results of a survey of its members finding that more than 3.1 million square feet of green roofs were installed in 2008, a 35 percent growth over the previous year. More
U.S. Largest Solar Power Facility Approved for Austin
Texas is famous for having the biggest of everything, from the biggest capitol in the nation, to the largest population of livestock cattle. And while one may not immediately think of Texas as a green state, that will soon change, as Gemini Solar Development has been selected by Austin Energy to install the United States’ largest solar power facility. A green Texas? Why not! More
AFE Announces Relaunch of Facilities Engineering Journal
The Association for Facilities Engineering (AFE) is pleased to announce the upcoming relaunch of its Facilities Engineering Journal beginning with the July/August issue. The May/June issue will not be published while the new design and fresh approach to editorial and content is being finalized. Published six times a year, the Journal features timely and relevant technical information geared toward readers who are in charge of designing, operating, maintaining and securing the facilities infrastructure and environment. The new design will be distributed both in print and electronically, allowing the Journal to reach a wider, more diverse audience of facilities professionals.
Regular features include:
• Case studies highlighting solutions to specific issues in the facilities environment;
• Advice and best practices from technical experts;
• Career and professional growth strategies;
• Industry news, regulatory analysis and new products; and
• AFE updates from the Chairman of the Board and CEO.
Facilities Engineering Journal regularly features articles written by Certified Plant Engineers and other experts in the field. According to surveys of AFE members, the Journal is one of the top benefits of membership and has a consistently high pass along rate among building operations professionals. For more information on editorial, please contact Jim Camillo, BNP Media, at (630) 694-4011.or email@example.com. For advertising details, please contact Liz Obloy at (248) 244-6452 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
China Skyscraper Stakes Claim as World's Greenest
from Business Green
A 71-story commercial building under construction in southern China is being billed as the world's most energy efficient skyscraper, generating all the power it needs onsite. Located in China's industrial heartland in the city of Guangzhou, the 310 meter Pearl River Tower is being equipped with wind turbines, solar panels and fuel cells. The high-profile project is due to be completed in October 2010. More
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AFE Webinars: Top-Notch Facilities Training
AFE's virtual classes provide a one-stop educational resource for the plant/facilities engineering, operations, and maintenance professional. Classes are taught by experienced representatives from the field. In addition, each course equates to 0.1 CEU or recertification credit for individuals currently holding AFE credentialing (CPE, CPMM or CPS). Plus – it's free for AFE Members! For information on upcoming classes, Click here.
High-Efficiency Lighting at New York Times' Building Exceeds Expectations
The green lighting system at the New York Times' new building is outstripping its benchmarked 70 percent reduction in energy use by delivering savings that amount to $30,000 per year per floor, according to new performance figures. More
Proposed Vending Machines Standards Cut Energy Use By Up to 42 Percent
Vending machines for soda and other beverages would sip energy rather than guzzle it under new standards proposed by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The proposed rules (PDF) set energy conservation standards and consumption thresholds for refrigerated vending machines that dispense bottled or canned drinks. More
Green Promise Seen in Switch to LED Lighting
from The New York Times
To change the bulbs in the 60-foot-high ceiling lights of Buckingham Palace’s grand stairwell, workers had to erect scaffolding and cover precious portraits of royal forebears.
So when a lighting designer two years ago proposed installing light emitting diodes or LEDs, an emerging lighting technology, the royal family readily assented. The new lights, the designer said, would last more than 22 years and enormously reduce energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions — a big plus for Prince Charles, an ardent environmentalist. Since then, the palace has installed the lighting in chandeliers and on the exterior, where illuminating the entire facade uses less electricity than running an electric teakettle.