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Registration now open for Facilities America Conference in Las Vegas
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Registration is now open for the Facilities America Conference and Expo, to be held Oct. 11-12, at the Mirage Hotel Events Center in Las Vegas. The event — whose theme this year will be "Don't Gamble with Your Career" — will again be held in conjunction with the Facility Decision Conference and Expo and will offer more than 50 education sessions, networking events (including the AFE Awards Ceremony and a facility tour), and previews of the latest time and energy saving technologies and services from hundreds of vendors. Register for Facilities America at

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

Green buildings hazardous to health? Report cites risks of weatherization
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The buildings commonly referred to as "green" could actually be hazardous to your health, according to a new report. That's one of many warnings out of a new report from the Institute of Medicine, which tracked the potential impact of climate change on indoor environments. More

Designing smart restrooms
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Today's building design focuses not only on design, constructability, beauty and functionality, but also on making certain that the buildings are in compliance with model codes and standards. One aspect of design is the provision of environmentally conscious and Americans with Disabilities Act compliant restrooms. More

Can gigabit Ethernet improve industrial control network performance?
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These days many machine builders, manufacturers and integrators may be using one, or more, popular fieldbus systems based on standard Ethernet. Currently, most if not all of these are based on 100 Mbit/sec line speed, or "fast Ethernet." Depending on the protocol, some users may find the delivered performance and speed to be somewhat less than anticipated. More

Eliminating in-cab elevator controls
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Long gone are the days of mechanical floor indicators above the doorways of lobby-level elevators. Gone, too, are the bellmen who actually operated elevators. And for many people, elevator controls inside the cab might also fade into memory. More

First net-zero school building helps teach students value of sustainability
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The Putney School, a private high school in rural Vermont, has quietly staked its claim to the first and only net-zero, Platinum LEED certified school building in the country. The simple appearance of the school's new—and much needed—field house belies not only some of the most innovative sustainable building design, but also represents a major step forward for the school—a mission founder Camelita Hinton began back in 1935. More

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PV system installation and maintenance
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The Kern County Fire Department recently responded to a call it received about a commercial structure fire at a store Bakersfield, Calif. Crews found that a row of solar panels on the roof had caught fire. Some of the panels were still live when the crew arrived, so the fire crew had to take extra precautions until electrical power could be disconnected. More

Tornado lessons could lead to stronger buildings
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To most people, the leveled buildings, splintered wood and twisted metal created by tornadoes are sad remnants of the storms' destructive power. To structural engineers, they are clues. "The damage is Mother Nature's fingerprint, and I play Sherlock Holmes looking for evidence," says Tim Marshall, an engineer and meteorologist.  More

Using rain screens for innovative exteriors can offer advantages
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As the complexity of facade design continues to evolve, modern architecture requires wall cladding systems to have clean, distinguishable features with complex geometries that strive to achieve a high-performance system with limited maintenance. More

Storms underscore need for cities, hospitals to prepare response for water disruptions
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Powerful, destructive storms have been making the headlines throughout the United States in recent months. When power generation and distribution ceases in a major power grid, creating a blackout, the backup electricity powering the pumps that push water through a city's water system can become overloaded and fail, opening the piping systems to potential public health crisis in the form of bacteria entering the water supply. More

Deadline nearing for AFE certification courses in Washington, DC
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The deadline is fast approaching for Certification courses in the Washington, D.C., area. The Association for Facilities Engineering has scheduled the June offering of its popular Certified Plant Maintenance Manager course in Herndon, Va., 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.

The course will take place at the Washington Dulles Marriott Suites in Herndon, Va. from June 24-26.

AFE Career opportunity of the week
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A leading provider of environmental and management consulting, engineering and technical services is looking for a highly qualified Environmental Engineer or Scientist in Honolulu, Hawaii. For this and other exciting career opportunities, visit the AFE Career Center. More

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